discussion forum


Dec 19 2015 - 12:15
Daniel Tanuro

The COP21 Paris Climate Conference has, as expected, led to an agreement. It will come into effect from 2020 if it is ratified by 55 of the countries which are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and these 55 countries account for at least 55% of global emissions of greenhouse gases. In the light of the positions taken in Paris, this dual condition should not raise any difficulty (although the non-ratification of Kyoto by the United States shows that surprises are always possible).

Dec 18 2015 - 15:00

[So where does this fit into the Paris Agreement? Who cares??]

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard thanked the Senate for ending the '70s-era crude export ban.

Dec 16 2015 - 22:45
Daniel Tanuro

Celles et ceux qui se réjouissent de l’accord sur le climat soulignent notamment le fait que le texte adopté fixe pour objectif « d’atteindre dans la seconde moitié du siècle un équilibre entre les émissions anthropiques et les absorptions de gaz à effet de serre« . C’est exact, MAIS, pour apprécier la portée de cet engagement, pour savoir s’il est effectivement conforme aux impératifs de la résilience, il faut tenir compte aussi des faits suivants:

– le texte ne fixe aucune échéance pour le pic des émissions;

Dec 13 2015 - 11:30
Jonathan Neale

The circus is over. The suits are leaving Paris. There have been millions of words written about the text. But one fact stands out. All the governments of the world have agreed to increase global greenhouse gas emissions every year between now and 2030. [1]

Dec 8 2015 - 09:45
Katharina Kropshofer

Am 30. November startet die 21. UN-Klimakonferenz und wiederum werden das Erstellen von Protokollen und scheinbar leere Verpflichtungen im Vordergrund stehen. Warum ist der Mensch so Handlungs-gelähmt? Ein Erklärungsversuch

Nov 5 2015 - 10:45
Heather Rogers

ALLEN LEBLANC LED A VIGOROUS LIFE as a young man growing up in Mossville, Louisiana. He had a sheet-rocking business, drove trucks, and worked at the Conoco oil refinery. He helped his mother and stepfather run their nightclub, where Tina Turner and James Brown used to play. He also helped out at home with his five children, and he would paint, fix broken windows, and mow lawns for neighbors who couldn’t afford to maintain their houses. Now, at 71, LeBlanc is on disability, and for most of the last decade he has refused to leave his house.

Nov 5 2015 - 10:00
Jon Queally

It's a disaster for people, the planet, democracy, and the future of the global economy.

That was the immediate assessment of informed critics as world governments, including the United States, on Thursday morning made the full text of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) available to the public for the first time.

Nov 3 2015 - 12:15
Sharon Lerner

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY concluded in June that there was “no convincing evidence” that glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. and the world, is an endocrine disruptor.

Oct 28 2015 - 10:00
Michael Ware and Ragina Johnson

THE LATEST world summit conference on climate change, due to begin in Paris on November 30, will take place against the backdrop of continuing climate disasters--including a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the planet suffered its hottest summer ever recorded, and possibly the hottest in 4,000 years.

Oct 23 2015 - 19:30
Nadia Prupos

The final round of preliminary climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany came to a close Friday without much consensus on some of the most pressing issues, including cementing wealthy nations' financial commitments to guarantee assistance for developing nations grappling with the impacts of global warming.

The talks in Bonn represented the last chance for United Nations (UN) member states to settle on a draft climate treaty ahead of the upcoming COP21 talks in Paris, where leaders will finalize a global agreement on curbing global warming.


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