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New climate deal seen aiding GDP, lacking sanctions: UN chief

A U.N. deal to combat global warming due in December will seek to lift world economic growth and be based more on encouragement than threats of punishment for non-compliance, the U.N.`s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Technology has changed carbon politics: UN climate chief

Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions failed, the UN climate chief said today.

Nations pledge USD 9.3 bn for Green Climate Fund

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin today pledged USD 9.3 billion for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a USD 10 bn target.

Climate talks told to ease rifts as heat busts record

Fresh UN climate talks opened in Bonn today with a plea for nations to overcome rifts as scientists reported record global temperatures for a month of September.

UN climate chief says 'door closing' on warming fix

UN climate chief says 'door closing' on warming fix

UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres on Tuesday warned time was running out for meaningful action on global warming, citing the plight of low-lying Pacific nations facing ever rising seas.

Climate talks: `Raise your voice, not sea level` – UN

The United Nations seized World Environment Day today to demand action on climate change to protect small island states threatened by rising seas, drought and floods.

Coal sector must change dramatically: UN climate chief

The United Nations` climate chief urged the coal industry on Monday to make dramatic changes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions amid protests at a coal summit held on the sidelines of global climate talks.

UN climate chief urges coal industry to come clean

The World Coal Summit is taking place shortly after findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were published establishing that climate change is real and accelerating.

Under-fire Japan defends climate goal at UN talks

The UN, Europe and the world`s small island states reacted with disappointment and green groups voiced fury after Japan on Friday slashed its goal for greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia minister cites Wikipedia to dismiss bushfire-climate link

Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt has played down links between the country`s bushfire disaster and climate change after he "looked up what Wikipedia said".

Al Gore wades into Australia bushfire debate, slams Tony Abbott

Environmental activist Al Gore has likened Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott`s insistence that wildfires are not linked to climate change to the tobacco industry claiming smoking does not cause lung cancer.

Global warming linked to wildfires: UN climate chief

Wildfires are "absolutely" linked to global warming and increasingly intense heatwaves, the UN climate chief has said, as bushfires burned out of control in Australia.

New climate report an `alarm clock moment`: UN

An imminent scientific summary on climate change will serve as an "alarm clock moment" for the world, the UN climate chief has said.

UN climate talks marred by decision-making spat

UN climate talks have hit a stumbling block that some delegates say poses a serious challenge to their already slow-moving attempt to craft a global response to climate change.

Climate chief warns of `urgency` as CO2 levels rise

The UN`s climate chief called for urgency today as she opened a new round of global talks amid warnings that Earth-warming carbon dioxide levels were approaching a symbolic threshold never seen in human history.

No climate deal unless firms join push: UN

The world has no chance of sealing an emissions cut deal unless companies lobby their governments for an accord, the UN climate chief told the global business elite in Davos today.

‘Kyoto Protocol to continue past 2012’

climate chief Christiana Figueres Wednesday made it clear that the
Kyoto Protocol will continue post 2012 as a second protocol
since it does not have a "sunset" clause.