Kyoto Protocol

The beast of capitalism has slid under most noses for too long, but now it is exhibited within the White House for all to see. Trump and his team are not 'maniacs', the world has not 'gone mad'. No these people know exactly what they are doing, and they love such escapist labels. It is precisely us, civil society, that must stop them in their tracks with this loud and clear message: you may have ruled the world until now, but no longer.
Regardless of the outcome of the UN Climate Summit this week and the UNFCCC proceedings in the next year, the People's Climate March will be an important event in climate change history. As Ban Ki-moon has demonstrated, it was an opportunity to unite as global citizens to reflect on our own role in creating the future we want.
Not only do we have a still strong second-term US president vowing to take executive action to set limits on carbon dioxide emissions, but his strong stance is going to empower other politicians and bureaucrats around the world, from China to the EU, India to Australia, as well as here in the UK, to take up the cudgels and fight again for effective action.
This week sees the start of the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, or COP18 for short, in Doha, Qatar. This should be a busy transitional COP, with much on the agenda to resolve and important steps forward being taken toward a long term international agreement.
Has the progress seen at Durban changed that? Immediate reaction to the outcome of the negotiations was decidedly mixed. A month on, with the spin having died down, what does a sober look at the facts tell us about what actually happened in Durban and what the implications might be?
The conclusion of the Durban Climate Change conference has produced mixed response along familiar battle lines. Critical Ngo's, jubilant Europeans and unsatisfied developing nations have all had their say in the aftermath of what looked set to be a repeat of Copenhagen in 2009.
The recent UN Climate Change meeting in Durban, South Africa was in many ways the marmite of such events. Opinions are polarised on whether to love or hate the outcome.
Where this ancient landscape runs into the Indian Ocean is Durban City and its suburbs, only 100 years old and home to three million people. For the past fortnight, another 10,000 people came to Durban from across the world over to discuss what to about manmade climate change.
In a scene in the BBC comedy series set in the WW1 trenches, Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Blackadder enquires as to the wisdom of the British Army's tactics - why "go over the top" for the 16th time, when it had been a disastrous failure the last 15 times?
Carbon emissions have nearly doubled in the past 20 years, according to figures published by researchers at the University
Hundreds of climate change protesters have marched on the Houses of Parliament calling for the world's rich countries to
A new deal on climate change is the hope, but for the nearly 10,000 delegates of the UN’s conference in Durban on the eastern
Climatologists have recently issued a warning over global weather patterns, stating that the world will experience more severe storms, droughts and flooding and that they attribute this to increased man-made global warming. Durban should be a wake-up call for the world to listen and act.
As governments gather in Durban for the annual UN climate change conference, climate change is worryingly low down the international agenda. This is perhaps not surprising given the turmoil in the global economy. However, the stakes at Durban are very high. The meeting is the last real opportunity for governments to provide certainty on the future of the Kyoto Protocol and lay out a path to a future global climate agreement.
Governments can hardly claim they haven't been warned. In the last few weeks, four pieces of news have landed on their desks that ought to cause them grave concern. These weren't the latest growth rates or unemployment figures, or the latest credit rating agency downgrades. But they are every bit as worrying.
The level of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere has reached record levels, according to the US department of