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Australia will disgrace itself in Lima, just as it did in Kyoto

Australia is unlikely to be able to leverage another “Australia clause” at the Lima negotiations — the United States has been showing us up on climate action for 20 years.

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Doha(rd) 2012: should we ditch the UN climate process?

The United Nations’ climate summit in Doha tied up a few loose ends over the weekend but was, at best, a patch-up job. Is the UN process worth the time and effort?

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Last chance: UN climate summit poised to entrench delay

Problems at the UN’s climate talks have widened as the talks enter their final day. The end result may be that a new deal to reduce emissions will take longer than expected, reports Renew Economy’s Giles Parkinson.

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Doha(rd) 2012: pettiness, possibilities and protests

What’s really behind the struggle to make progress at the UN’s climate change summit, underway in Doha? Crikey asks some of the participants for a behind-the-scenes view of the talks that aim to cool the planet.

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Doha(rd) 2012: Obama to stage coming-out party on climate?

A major stumbling block at the UN’s climate summit in Doha is the huge amount of spare permits under the Kyoto Protocol. It threatens to dilute plans to reduce emissions, RenewEconomy’s Giles Parkinson reports.

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Doha(rd) 2012: our climate target in the spotlight as summit opens

The world’s best hope of avoiding runaway climate change — the UN’s annual climate summit — has opened in Doha, Qatar. We ask some of the people at the two-week summit how things are shaping up.

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Kyoto Protocol: will Gillard stay or go?

How, in just five years, did Labor go from being Kyoto enthusiasts to Kyoto agnostics? asks Andrew Macintosh, associate director of the ANU Centre for Climate Law & Policy.

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Hail the Bligh government … at least for the environment

It is difficult to tell how the Beattie/Bligh Labor government will be judged but, when the history is written, special mention should be made of their achievements in protecting Queensland’s woodlands, writes Andrew Mcintosh, associate director of the ANU Centre for Climate Law and Policy.

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What happened to the consensus on climate change?

For climate change policy, last year ended with two contradictory scenes: one, the successful passage through parliament of Australia’s carbon price laws; the other, the dispiriting conclusion to the international climate change talks in Durban, writes Fergus Green, a lawyer and policy analyst specialising in climate change.

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Durban revealed climate’s many shifting allegiances

Canada’s reversal on Kyoto won’t undermine the sense that the Durban climate conference achieved more than many expected, writes Michael Jacobs of Inside Story.

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Hard word on developing nations for a Durban climate deal

Canada seems to be enjoying its status as the pariah of the Durban climate change talks, reportedly registering a louder cheer in its parliament each time it is awarded a “fossil of the day” award.

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Durban might just keep the Kyoto protocol alive

This two weeks at the Durban climate talks might turn out to be more interesting than expected, writes academic Michael Jacobs. The stakes are certainly high enough.

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Australia can speak with authority at Durban climate talks

For the first time in the history of the international negotiations, Australia can speak with authority and join other nations in taking credible action, writes Erwin Jackson, deputy CEO at Climate Institute.

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Parkinson: Durban talks off to a bad start

The UN climate change talks begin today in Durban in much the same way they have since 1995 — with rhetoric about why the world needs to act but virtually no agreement on how or when.

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Panama UN climate talks: what will they mean?

Panama is the last opportunity before the important UN Climate Summit in Durban in late 2011 for the negotiators to make progress on key issues around the scale of emission reductions. Clancy Moore previews the Panama climate talks starting tomorrow.

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Any way you look at it, our carbon task just got much harder

The good news: Australia will comfortably meet its Kyoto emission reduction target. But there’s bad news: the task of meeting Australia’s pledge to the Copenhagen Accord has just gotten a lot harder, says Giles Parkinson.

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UN climate talks get some Mexican mojo

Without a domestic pollution limit and price Australia will not be in a position to fulfill the commitments made in Cancun, writes Erwin Jackson, deputy CEO of The Climate Institute, from Cancun, Mexico.

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Cancun Calling: couple of all-nighters in final countdown

The parties have until Friday morning to agree on negotiations. Experienced negotiators say there is a fat chance of that, writes Giles Parkinson of Climate Spectator, from Cancun, Mexico.

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No Cancun crisis yet, but an air of resignation descends on climate talks

It’s not yet a crisis, but an air of anxiety and resignation has decended upon the climate talks in Cancun, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

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Kicking Kyoto around in Cancun

The negotiations in Cancun need a path towards a comprehensive, fair, ambitious and binding global deal, and there are many obstacles to overcome. One of the hot topics is the Kyoto Protocol and Japan’s denouncement of it, reports Phillip Ireland from Mexico.

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Please ignore the UN climate deal

The UN climate conference meeting in the Mexican resort town of Cancun at the end of the month promises to be a far less dramatic circus than the Copenhagen conference at the end of last year, writes Georgina Woods, director, Climate Action Network Australia.

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UN climate talks: flashpoints on the road to Cancun

The UN climate talks in Tianjin are coming to an end and so far the talks have been mixed with only marginal progress and messyt, writes Phillip Ireland from China.

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Rudd throws ETS in the “too hard” basket

Daily media wrap: Kevin Rudd is giving up on what he once described as “the greatest moral challenge of our time” — but is Australia’s attention span really so short? Crikey hasn’t forgotten, and neither has the world’s media.

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Copenhagen: ‘Kyoto killer’ Rudd talks down hopes of strong outcome

PM Kevin Rudd has touched down in Copenhagen and wasted no time in playing down a guarantee of success at the conference, writes Matthew Knott in Copenhagen.

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Milne: It all boils down to this: Kyoto v non Kyoto

Although inching progress is being made, the UN and world leaders will have trouble selling a political outcome that declares some kind of success, writes Greens Senator Christine Milne.

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