At midpoint of UN talks, words of wisdom from 3 climate luminaries

A flooded road in Tebikenikoora, also known as Golden Beach, on South Tarawa in Kiribati. The island nation, once led by Anote Tong, is already experiencing the impacts of climate change. (© Ciril Jazbec) Editor’s note: The world’s leaders are meeting in Bonn, Germany, for the UN climate conference. On the docket: What global climate progress looks like a year after the Paris Agreement was ratified — and only months after the U.S….

What the World Needs from the Bonn Climate Talks

Forest destroyed by slash-and-burn agriculture in Madagascar. Conversion of forests to farmland is one of the biggest contributers to deforestation worldwide. Next week CI staff from 10 countries will be traveling to participate in the continuing international climate change talks in Bonn, Germany. These talks have the potential to move forward on the difficult task of trying to limit global climate change below dangerous levels and help those…

36 Hours to Save the World

As political heavyweights speak in Copenhagen today, including Hillary Clinton, Ahmadinejad, Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and Brazil’s Lula da Silva, the clock is ticking for an agreement to be reached. World leaders have 36 hours left to take the brave and difficult decisions that will help the world to turn a corner and prevent climate change from becoming an even greater threat to people, and the habitats and economies that sustain us. While many…

A Glimmer of Hope

After two long weeks of cold weather, protests and delays in negotiations, the UN talks in Copenhagen finally came to an end. World leaders failed to produce an ambitious, legally binding deal, but the political agreement welcomed by the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon this Saturday represents an essential step forward. The Copenhagen Accord is a statement of intentions of the majority of nations, developed and developing, to stabilize the…

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