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Bangkok 2012

UN climate talks: EU negotiator calls for urgent ambition to avoid 2 degrees

UK and EU senior climate negotiator Pete Betts says political conditions need to improve if world is to hit key climate change temperature goal

Policy
Analysis: Was enough achieved at UN climate talks in Bangkok?

Edward Cameron and Yamide Dagnet from the World Resources Institute argue that the latest UNFCCC negotiations should be seen as a qualified success – but warn there is much work yet to do.

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World’s most vulnerable countries call for greater ambition in Doha to guarantee integrity of Kyoto Protocol

As the Bangkok talks come to a close, the LDCs and AOSIS come together to call on more developed countries to submit legally binding targets for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ahead of COP18 in Doha.

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Bangkok 2012: Talks offer first glimpses of what Kyoto Protocol MK2 might look like

Discussions on Kyoto progress with the potential for three new members, retributions for those who don’t sign and ongoing questions surrounding the scale of emission cuts country’s are promising.

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Bangkok 2012: Civil society react to latest round of UN climate talks

Reaction to UNFCCC negotiations from Greenpeace, WWF, Christian Aid, Practical Action, Third World Network, Union of Concerned Scientists & Environmental Defense Fund

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Bangkok 2012: UN climate talks close with 'unofficial' draft on Kyoto Protocol 2nd period

Progress on several issues builds momentum ahead of Doha summit but questions remain on climate finance, the ambition of emission pledges and the tricky LCA track of negotiations.

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Bangkok 2012 – Lead EU negotiator Runge-Metzger says a 30% emission reduction target is still possible

Other key countries must raise ambition too but timing of US elections means crucial decision in Washington unlikely in time for Doha talks.

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Bangkok 2012 – Time to treat big emerging economies like developed nations, says former Bolivia negotiator

Pablo Solon says UN climate change negotiations should acknowledge that the goals of rich nations and big emerging economies pursuing “greenhouse gas intensive growth” are the same.

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Bangkok 2012 – UN climate talks leaving world on pathway to 3°C says new report

Latest Climate Action Tracker says more ambition vital from governments if world temperatures are to be controlled

Learning
Obama reaffirms commitment to UN climate change talks in key election document

The 2012 Democratic National Platform pledges support for international emissions deal, clean energy and fossil fuel subsidy cuts.

Policy
Bangkok 2012 - LDC chief confident Australia will sign up to Kyoto Protocol extension

Julia Gillard’s government is close to signing up to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP2), a leading negotiator at the UN climate talks in Bangkok has told RTCC.

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Bangkok 2012 - Confusion reigns at UN climate talks as negotiators prove inflexible over flexibility but agree to disagree

What is everyone talking about at the UN climate talks in Bangkok? Chris Wright from Adopt a Negotiator is a veteran of UNFCCC meetings – but the current discussions have left him scratching his head.

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Bangkok 2012 - Kaleidoscope of visions for Durban Platform make path forward unclear

RTCC takes a brief look at discussions on the Durban Platform during the UN climate talks in Bangkok

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Bangkok 2012 – NGOs warn of climate finance complacency

The Green Climate Fund board may have met for the first time but there remain far too many unanswered questions on raising and spending cash to combat climate change.

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Bangkok 2012 - USA accused of backtracking on legally binding UN climate treaty

State Department negotiator Jonathan Pershing calls for new climate treaty to value flexibility and dynamism over legal nature

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Climate Live: UNFCCC talks in Bangkok continue amid concerns over lack of progress and Mitt Romney's plan for climate change

Today’s top stories including UNFCCC talks in Bangkok continue amid concerns over lack of progress and Mitt Romney’s plan for climate change.

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Bangkok 2012 – Poorest nations issue plea for support in climate battle while richest accused of watering down ambition

EU, Australia and New Zealand signal less ambition and more flexibility with pledges while least developed countries reiterate need for financial and logistical help to fight climate change at home.

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Bangkok 2012 - EU signals it will not adopt 30% emissions target

Reports from UN climate talks in Bangkok suggest EU is now unlikely to enforce tougher emission targets, with one official describing further cuts as ‘wishful thinking’

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Bangkok 2012 – Future of climate finance and adaptation trigger debate as LCA talks heat up

The Long Term Cooperative Action negotiations are top of the agenda in Bangkok as countries disagree over its future and the developing vs developed nations rift widens.

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