Tagged: Climate Change

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World leaders are set to fail their first test on climate change since Copenhagen and put the world on track for almost four degrees of warming, as the 31 January deadline for countries to submit emission reduction targets under the Copenhagen Accord nears.

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World leaders gathered in the city center of Copenhagen holding signs that read "History will judge you". Credit: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam International

The UN climate talks must be rescued from the shambles of Copenhagen by revolutionizing the way the negotiations are carried out so that a deal can be delivered in 2010 and the chaos witnessed in Copenhagen is never repeated, said Oxfam today.

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As hopes for a legally binding deal faded in the last negotiating hours of the climate summit, Robert Bailey, Senior spokesperson for Oxfam International said: “It is shameful that after two years of blood, sweat and tears, we didn’t finish the marathon on time.

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Thousands of demonstrators at a mass rally in Copenhagen on Saturday 12 December in support of a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal. Credit: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam International

As the US, Ethiopia and European Union coalesce around a climate finance package of $100 billion, Oxfam is calling for rich countries to provide at least $200bn a year in new money to help poor countries adapt to a changing climate and reduce their emissions.

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Gordon Brown has shown today that the UK is still prepared to fight for an agreement that ensures aid budgets are protected. With safeguards against aid raiding absent from the talks of late, it’s encouraging to see this critical issue back on the agenda.

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Oxfam International is heartened by Secretary Clinton’s commitment to significant financial resources of $100 billion dollars a year by 2020 to help developing countries weather the negative impacts of climate change.

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Thousands of demonstrators at a mass rally in Copenhagen on Saturday 12 December in support of a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal. Credit: Rully Prayoga/Oxfam International

Oxfam International warned that world leaders have just two days to prevent failure at the climate talks in Copenhagen – poor countries will not sign a weak deal.

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The official outcome of two years of climate negotiations was released at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen today.

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Climate Hearings: 1.5 Million People, 36 Countries. Credit: Oxfam

Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson delivered a global verdict on the human cost of climate change today. The judgment was passed at the world’s first international climate hearing during Humanitarian Day at the Copenhagen UN Climate Summit.

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