Tagged: Climate Change

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Climate talks in June will go nowhere unless rich countries close the gap between what scientists and poor countries say is needed and what they are prepared to deliver warned international agency Oxfam, as negotiations came to a close in Bonn today.

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The Carterets are six small islands that surround an atoll about 25 high tide and made of sand. Toby Parkinson/Oxfam

Todd Stern, US Climate Change Envoy for the United States said President Obama's administration was 'seized with the urgency of the task before us' at the opening session of international climate change talks in Bonn today.

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Europe is turning its back on poor countries just when they need help most. At a crucial time just ahead of the G20 Summit in London, the EU is empty-handed and in no fit state to lead the world on the two biggest issues we face today – the economic and climate crisis.

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Abraha Tarraken's wife fills a container with water from a pond, in Tigray, Ethiopia. Some 30 million people of 70 million in Ethiopia live in extreme poverty. Credit: Tomás Abella/Oxfam

If nothing is done to reduce the effects of global warming, the impact on our planet’s water resources will be disastrous.

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Ametta Pierre, 51, her house destroyed by Hurricane Dean. Oxfam's partners have worked with the local community to introduce hurricane early warning systems, so people have time to move to higher and safer ground. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Europe is putting a global climate deal at risk and threatening the lives of millions of the world’s poorest, said development agency Oxfam International, as Environment Ministers met today to hammer out Europe’s position for a post-2012 global deal.

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At a moment where many look for ways to tackle the global economic crisis, the World Social Forum has set a clear message: “the weight of the crisis cannot fall on the shoulders of the poorest.”

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Local organizations and civil society groups work to maintain their rights, at the World Social Forum 2009. Credit: Oxfam

Oxfam International is participating at the 9th World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil to help tackle the combined effects of the global economic crisis, rising food prices, and the effects of climate change in developing countries.

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Abdarah Limbetembe, a fish trader, rowing out to collect drinking water on River Rufiji, near Kipo, Tanzania. Kipo residents have agreed to give 5,000 hectares to Swedish biofuel company to grow sugar cane for ethanol production. Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Europe’s refusal to commit money to help poor people cope with climate change could derail the chances of reaching a fair climate deal in Copenhagen, warned Oxfam International today.

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Europe is trying to shirk its responsibility and pass the burden of dealing with the impacts of climate change onto the world’s poorest countries, Europe’s leading environmental and development groups warned today.

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