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Civil society breaks the silence, confronts governments at climate negotiations

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This year's relatively quiet climate negotiations turned up the volume yesterday when two members of the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM) were arrested for holding up a banner. Onlookers erupted in cheers as they were escorted out. They were asking the hosts, the Qatari government, for leadership. Instead, they were immediately ejected from COP18 and instructed to leave the country.

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Bolivia's address to UN climate talks: Defend Mother Earth against wasteful and greedy system

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 The following statement was made Wednesday by Jose Antonia Zamora Gutierrez, Minister of Environment and Water for the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP18). 

DOHA, Qatar -- Mr. President of the COP, distinguished Heads of State of countries of the world, Ministers, Officials, delegates and representatives of social organizations, indigenous peoples and communities and farmers of the world, receive a greeting from the Plurinational State of Bolivia and our President Evo Morales Ayma.

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Amy Goodman questions top U.S. negotiator at UN climate talks in Qatar

Visit http://www.democracynow.org to watch more reports on Democracy Now!, an independent, global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,100+ TV and radio stations. In a rare media appearance at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, U.S. climate negotiator Jonathan Pershing is questioned by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about the United States' failure to do more to cut emissions and to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. To watch the entire weekday independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, search our vast archive, or to find more information about Democracy Now!

Youth protest greenwashing corporations: World Business Day at UN climate talks in Doha

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This is the time of year for businesspeople to determine the course of our future. Out come the expensive jackets, polished shoes and snazzy cars for Doha World Business Day organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

It is the day when profit-mongering corporations talk about their "commitment to low-carbon economic growth." So as leaders from Shell and BMW sit around a table discussing their "green image," visions of cancer plagued frontline communities are making our stomachs churn.

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Global consensus unlikely at COP18 climate talks

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The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubbed "COP 18," an army of bureaucrats, business people and environmentalists are gathered ostensibly to limit global greenhouse-gas emissions to a level that scientists say will contain the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 degrees Fahrenheit), and perhaps stave off global climate catastrophe. If past meetings are any indication, national self-interest on the part of the world's largest polluters, paramount among them the United States, will trump global consensus.

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| November 28, 2012

Canada threatens to leave alarming climate legacy at COP18 negotiations

It was just over one week ago that Environment Minister Peter Kent told reporters, "climate change is a real and present danger.

These words echoed the urgency felt around the globe -- a world in the grips of the effects of intensified natural disasters, unprecedented rates of species loss and a rapidly degrading environment. Many hoped that this sense of urgency would translate into a stronger and more ambitious Canadian position at the United Nations annual climate negotiations, which opened on Monday in Doha, Qatar.

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Open letter to governments at UN climate talks: Leave fossil fuels in the ground

2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a 'planetary emergency,' and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40 per cent and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world. 

That's what happens with 0.8ºC of global warming.

If we are going to stop this situation from getting worse, an array of institutions have explained this year precisely what we need to do: leave most of the carbon we know about in the ground and stop looking for more. 

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Why the World Bank should take its own advice on climate change

The annual UN climate talks are getting underway this week in Doha, Qatar, and so we will be featuring a number of articles looking at the planetary emergency of global warming. Yesterday, Bill Henderson looked at the latest PR offensive from the oil industry and the lack of action by the Canadian government to prevent global warming. For a complete selection of our articles on climate change, check out our Environment issues page here

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