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New UN climate talks aim at fleshing out Paris deal

May 16, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The targets set are hugely ambitious and most of the details on how this will happen have yet to be worked out

The conference room of the COP21, the UN Conference on Climate Change, is pictured at the COP21 conference center in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON

UN chief picks Mexican diplomat to head climate office

May 04, 2016 - 12:41 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon will appoint Patricia Espinosa Cantellano as the new UNFCCC Executive Secretary for a term of 3 years

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2011. Salvatore di Nolfi/File/EPA

#COP21: 5 days to forge world’s climate action plan

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:26 PM

At 21 pages the draft of the world s climate change agreement is on track to be finalized by December 11 but many sticky issues remain unresolved

FINAL WEEK. Ministers and negotiators attend a high-level meeting that opens the last and most crucial week of the UN climate conference in Paris or COP21. Screenshot from webcast

Climate summit: 'considerable task ahead', says France

Nov 10, 2015 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED UN climate chief Christiana Figueres: It continues to be entirely possible to come to an agreement despite all the challenges in front of us

CLIMATE TALKS. An illustration picture taken on July 5, 2015 in Paris, shows a mini Eiffel Tower replica set among ox-eye daisies, ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21). Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Global climate pledges enough to limit warming, but...

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:03 PM

UPDATED The UN says that countries can still limit global warming to below the danger threshold but humanity must slash greenhouse gas output even more to avoid devastating climate impacts

DARK CLOUDS. A file photo dated March 2, 2012 shows steam and fumes emerging from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany. Oliver Berg/EPA

Climate pact: The rocky road to Paris... and beyond

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:39 AM

The climate pledges made so far are insufficient and it is therefore essential to have a mechanism for ratcheting up those pledges every 5 years says Martin Kaiser of Greenpeace

ROAD TO PARIS. Delegates seen during the United Nations (UN) climate conference in Bonn, Germany, 20 October 2015. The conference is held in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

Vulnerable nations launch 'V20' to fight climate change

Oct 09, 2015 - 2:41 PM

PH s Finance Secretary Cesar V Purisima is the inaugural chairperson of the group a counterpoint to the G20 of leading industrialized and emerging economies

VULNERABLE 20. "We are low- and middle-income, least developed, arid, isthmus, landlocked, mountainous, and small island developing countries," the group of finance ministers say in a statement October 8, 2015. Image from V20 website

Fossil fuel divestment movement reaches $2.6 trillion

Sep 23, 2015 - 4:12 AM

The study from consultancy Arabella Advisors finds 436 institutions and 2 040 people worth a total of 2 6 trillion are now pledging to get out of fossil fuels either entirely or in particular sectors such as coal

FOSSIL FUELS DIVESTMENT. A file photo dated March 2, 2012 shows steam and fumes emerging from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany. File Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

Cash crunch for Paris conference – UN climate chief

Aug 31, 2015 - 10:03 PM

Christiana Figueres says there is a deficit of 1 2 million euros 1 3 million for the UN Conference of Parties COP 21 as well as the pre Paris negotiating round in Bonn

UN CLIMATE CHIEF. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has been at the helm of some of the most important gatherings on climate change

Climate debate takes global pulse ahead of Paris summit

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:53 PM

One of the first debates is in the Philippines a Southeast Asian nation particularly vulnerable to climate change and already hit by an average of 20 major storms or typhoons a year

GLOBAL DEBATES. This general view shows participants attending a climate debate forum titled 'World Wide Views on Climate and Energy' in Manila on June 6, 2015. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

UN climate chief: Transport is future challenge for PH

Feb 27, 2015 - 9:04 PM

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says the Philippines can follow the lead of other developing countries which have adopted a bus rapid transit

PUSHING FOR A CLIMATE DEAL. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says countries like the Philippines contribute to the debate on ways to curb climate change. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

France's Hollande arrives in PH for climate push

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:22 AM

3rd UPDATE The two day trip to the Philippines is Hollande s latest attempt to drum up support ahead of a United Nations climate change conference being hosted by France in December

BIENVENUE, M. HOLLANDE. French President François Hollande (C) disembarks from his plane after arriving at a military airbase in Manila on February 26, 2015. Noel Celis/AFP

UN climate chief to visit PH

Feb 25, 2015 - 4:39 PM

UNFCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will accompany French President Francois Hollande in his Philippines visit which will center on climate change

STRONG VOICE. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has been at the helm of some of the most important gatherings on climate change

UN climate chief says 'door closing' on warming fix

Sep 02, 2014 - 2:49 PM

UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres says the impact of climate change was greatest on Pacific nations even though they had contributed little to the problem

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), speaks to correspondents at UN Headquarters' daily noon briefing, 26 September 2013, United Nations, New York. Sarah Fretwell/UN Photo

Divisive UN climate talks head into final stretch

Nov 19, 2013 - 9:15 PM

Delegates and observers say little progress has been made on key agenda points

FOUR DAYS LEFT. Former President of the Climate Change Conference in Doha Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah (R), Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz (L) and COP Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres (C) at the official opening of the UN Climate Change Conference 2013. PAP/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT EPA/RADEK PIETRUSZKA POLAND OUT

Global warming linked to wildfires – UN climate chief

Oct 22, 2013 - 12:26 PM

The comments come as debate rages in Australia about whether there is a link between the infernos and global warming

CLIMATE CHIEF. UN Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres delivers a speech a during the opening ceremony of the Sessions of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP8), in Doha, Qatar on 26 November 2012. EPA/STR

Warmer Earth, humans to blame – UN panel

Sep 27, 2013 - 4:06 PM

UPDATED The UN climate panel predicts temperatures to rise 0 3 4 8ºC this century; sea levels to rise 26 82 cm by 2100

CLIMATE ALARM. Six years after their last diagnosis on global warming, climate experts present the new state of affairs: an increasingly alarming wakeup call. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

New climate report an 'alarm clock moment': UN

Sep 27, 2013 - 10:03 AM

An imminent scientific summary on climate change hopes to serve as an alarm clock moment for the world

ALARM CLOCK MOMENT. An upcoming report on climate change hopes to rouse world powers into action.

Mixed-bag climate conference draws to a close in Bonn

Jun 14, 2013 - 11:52 PM

The negotiations in Bonn sought to lay the groundwork for a ministerial level huddle in Warsaw in November

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres briefing the media on the last day of the June Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, June 14, 2013. Frame grab from UNFCCC video