Update from Doha, Qatar: As countries (somewhat ironically) gather in the petro-state of Qatar for the annual UN climate summit, it’s even more apparent that economic considerations override concerns about severe environmental disruption, and even survival.
With China and the United States enabling each other to avoid meaningful emission reductions, the rest of the developing world must take the lead.
What we got from Durban was largely a set of promises to do something…some other time.
At a press conference in Durban, South Africa, officials from a diverse set of countries will join civil society leaders to call for innovative sources of finance, including a tax on financial transactions and a fee on emissions from maritime shipping, to be part of a deal in Durban which raises billions of dollars to help fill the Green Climate Fund.
A former Central American president proposes that all vulnerable countries should occupy the UN climate change meeting and refuse to leave until progress is made.
Developed nations, led by the United States, the UK, and Japan, try to turn Green Climate Fund into “Greedy Corporate Fund”
Janet Redman, IPS, joins 163 civil society organizations from 39 countries in denouncing a proposed scheme to give corporations direct access to UN Global Climate Fund financing.
This week leaders of the world’s largest economies once again missed an opportunity to actually do something on climate change.
Climate funding expert Janet Redman responds to Green Climate Fund meeting: By pushing the private sector, the United States is placing a stop payment order on public support to the men, women and children most devastated by climate change.
Across the world, communities of color and people living in poverty are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Droughts have pushed parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somaliland to near the point of collapse, threatening the lives and livelihoods of more than 10 million people. In the US, nearly 350 people died in unprecedented tornadoes, with hundreds more affected by floods along the Mississippi River, and droughts across the South.
United Nations climate negotiations have resumed, this time in Germany.
More than 90 environment, development, human rights, and anti-debt organizations from around the world want the Bank to have no say in setting up this key new tool for helping poor nations address climate change.
In the face of enormous need, civil society calls on leaders to use innovative financing tools in the fight against climate change.
In 50 years we’ll know what we should have done today.
Things are not looking good in the UN climate talks, but all hope isn’t lost…yet.
The Mexican government and the UN climate convention secretariat are investing in security to keep people out when real human and ecological security will require all of our voices.