Copenhagen

Fiona Harvey

There were surprising signs of harmony at the last round of climate change talks. But this began to break down over matters big and small when the subject of pursuing a 1.5 degree warming limit was introduced.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Two weeks of international talks in Bonn ended on something of a sour note when Saudi Arabia and two other Gulf fossil-fuel producers blocked a proposal for an updated report on the effect of a 1.5 degree increase in climate.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

The failure of a bid to stop the EPA regulating US greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t make the prospects for a climate bill any clearer – although some believe it still could pass, with more catering to fossil fuel interests.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Even while the Gulf oil disaster might be concentrating minds on the risks of fossil fuels, US Congress is now looking more unlikely ever to pass an effective climate bill. And this does not bode well for international climate talks. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

If the US Senate makes cap-and-trade an amendment to a smaller energy-only bill, it will probably never see the light of day.  Read more

Fiona Harvey

If last year’s climate summit in Copenhagen ended in a bang – and not in a good way – the resumption of the talks has gone ahead with barely a whimper. Outside the closed world of the negotiations, however, things have been moving at a rapid pace: the BP oil spill, the rise of climate scepticism, and the Eurozone crisis are all affecting public interest in climate. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

China has announced new measures to toughen up on reaching its energy intensity targets by restricting loans to certain businesses. But researchers suggest that China’s more important carbon intensity targets, which it laid out ahead of Copenhagen, are simply business-as-usual.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Prices for European allowances may be hovering close to the relatively high price of €15, but carbon traders are ever more gloomy about the outlook for their industry, particularly post-2012, when the Kyoto protocol expires. Along with a host of senior climate officials, they’re not expecting an agreement to be struck this year in Cancun.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s chief talked about the human failings that led to the publication of the inaccurate Himalayan glaciers claim at a review of the organisation — but also defended the body’s underlying methods, and its use of non-peer-reviewed reports. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

There’s been an awful lot of speculation about what the Gulf of Mexico oil leak will mean for the chances of an already-challenged US climate bill getting through. Intuitively, it makes sense. But looking at the Senate numbers make it much less convincing. We may find out soon, as two of the original three sponsors say they will introduce the bill on Wednesday. Read more