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Winners and losers in the Durban climate deal

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In the early hours of Sunday morning, governments meeting at the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, set a path towards a new legally binding agreement for all countries to cut emissions. But the deal struck does little to meet the needs of poor people fighting climate change right now, and risks blurring […]

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Durban climate talks: how it all ended…

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As the Durban climate talks entered into overtime early on Sunday morning, many delegates were sleeping under tables or on desks or chairs, waking occasionally to the sound of people clapping a good speech from a negotiator. Negotiations seemed at a stand-off, with many countries unhappy with the proposal for the future of the Kyoto […]

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Climate deal fails poor people

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Negotiators at the UN climate talks have narrowly avoided a collapse, agreeing to the bare minimum deal possible as the UN climate talks in Durban went well beyond the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth hours. There were two key issues that they debated, drafted, discussed and dissected over two long weeks of talks. Firstly, how to […]

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Durban climate talks going in to extra time

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“We’re back!” These famous words by the US negotiator a few years ago, shortly after the election of Obama, had a less than positive tone for me this morning walking into the International Conference Centre, venue of this year’s UN Climate Summit. After four intercessionals (negotiating sessions between the UN climate summits) and eleven long […]

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Will final days deliver for the people of Africa?

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This year’s UN climate negotiations in Durban are now entering the final stages. Heads of State and Ministers are giving short sharp speeches. Ambassadors and senior diplomats are discussing bottom lines and compromises. Environment groups are following the twists and turns, planning their next moves. Against the backdrop of the current food crisis in East […]

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Interviewing Rev Tafue Lusama

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Our Climate Tracker Clancy Moore chats to Rev Tafue Lusama, who is in Durban for the COP17 Climate Negotiations to ensure the voice of the people of Tuvalu is heard.

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Urgency begins to roar at Durban climate talks

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Reverend Tafue Lusama knows a thing or two about the urgency to tackle climate change. Living in Tuvalu, he has seen the climate changing over the last twenty years. Rising sea levels, storm surges and ocean acidification have had devastating impacts of people’s culture, livelihoods and ability to grow food. A few months ago, Tafue […]

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Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

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The climate negotiations in Durban are stuttering. There is little progress on agreement on the emission reductions needed to keep warming below 2 degrees. There is also a rumbling debate about how to fill the Green Climate Fund. We need you to urge our leaders along the path to a sustainable planet. Together with Oxfam’s […]

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Taking your voice and messages to the UN Climate Talks

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Dark, humid, noisy and little ventilation. This is the location of the Australian Government offices here at the UN climate talks. It is also where on Wednesday morning, some colleagues and I had the chance to meet with Australia’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet. Although this was a very short meeting, […]

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17 years of talk and further behind than ever

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The biggest spike in global greenhouse gas emission in recorded history occurred last year. After a brief easing of emissions in 2009, generally accredited to the global financial crisis, a lift in economic activity produced a staggering 564 million more tons of CO2 in 2010, beating the previous year’s output by 6%. That’s according to […]

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Addressing the UN climate talks

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Addressing the UN Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa on behalf of Climate Action Network (a global coalition of climate organistions), I was excited, a little nervous and keen to play my part. This is what I said: Thank you Madame Chair. I am speaking on behalf of the Climate Action Network. We’d like to […]

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Green Climate Fund: An important tool to tackle climate change

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“A camel is a horse made by committee and the Green Climate Fund needs to come out of the blocks like a race horse and start helping poor people”. This was the comment from Singapore in the opening negotiation session on the Green Climate Fund late Thursday at the UN Climate Summit in Durban, South […]

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Interviewing Australia’s Climate Ambassador

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The climate negotiations currently underway in South Africa are particularly interesting for Australia, as we are attending with a carbon emissions tax in place. I met with Louise Hand, Australia’s Ambassador at the UN Climate talks in Durban to discuss the position Australia is taking at COP 17. This gave her the opportunity to outline […]

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People take to the streets to call for action at Durban Climate Summit

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Today, thousands of people took the streets of Durban, South Africa demanding climate action. Trade unionists, churches, young people, farmers, women’s groups and NGOs such as Oxfam all marched from downtown Durban to the entrance of the UN Climate Summit singing, dancing and nosily calling for our leaders to make progress in the final week […]

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Things are heating up at day 4 of the climate conference

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With key discussions around the Green Climate Fund, set-up to provide life saving assistance to poor countries, and the future of Kyoto Protocol starting to sizzle. What’s more, I just addressed the talks on behalf of the Climate Action Network in a session on what the legal form of a future global climate change agreement […]

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Can Durban be the bridge to a better future on climate change?

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It’s now two years since the frantic campaigning and manic diplomacy that led to the Copenhagen climate change conference, and the blame games that followed its inadequate result. As the next UN climate talks get under way this week in Durban, South Africa, we need a new script to explain what has been achieved since […]

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International shipping emissions must be regulated

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At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP 17, 28 November to 9 December 2011), the global shipping industry, Oxfam and WWF have joined forces to suggest to governments how the further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping might best be regulated. Oxfam, WWF and the International Chamber of […]

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Solving climate change can not be separated from the struggle to alleviate poverty

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In his opening address to the UN Climate Summit in Durban, President Zuma of South Africa highlighted how the pacific island nation of Kiribati is set to become the first nation forced to relocate due to climate change. He also talked about the vulnerability of many Africa nations to climate change such as Ethiopia which […]

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Land is Life in South Africa

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Putting good food on the table can be a challenge for all of us. But for many people around the world, it is a constant worry just having enough food to feed the family. For the women of the Western Cape in South Africa, the lack of secure employment and access to land, as well […]

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Hungry for climate action in Durban

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The United Nations have unpacked the bunting and draped the decorations around Durban, South Africa, for the next round of climate negotiations, COP17. Leaders, policy experts, delegates, caravanites, photo exhibitions, puppets, the world’s media and all manner of colorful characters have arrived to get their teeth into securing progress in the fight against climate change. […]

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Caravan of hope

A delegation of hope at COP17

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As governments from around the world converge on Durban, South Africa, for the 17th UN Climate Change summit, a delegation of another kind is doing its own moving and shaking. Meet the Trans Africa Caravan of Hope, a project undertaken by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and supported by Oxfam. The caravan is […]

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Tracking the climate negotiations in South Africa

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In a few days time, the important UN Climate Summit starts in Durban, South Africa. It is here, that governments from around the world will meet to negotiate solutions to deal with our changing climate. A climate that continues to have a devastating impact on men and women in poor countries across the world. At […]

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Lake Macquarie Residents tell Greg Combet what TO DO in South Africa

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Land is Life – that is the name of Oxfam’s art exhibition that has been travelling around the country to a number of events – but it is also the reality for small scale producers around the globe. While Australia has taken the first steps to reducing our carbon emissions with the introduction of the […]

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A to-do list for Minister Combet

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A price on pollution? Check. A $10 billion investment in renewable energy? Check. This is a great start but Australia must do more if we are to play our part in tackling the global challenge of climate change. Here at Oxfam we have put together a “to do” list outlining the four things we would […]

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