Climate action drought at UN climate talks

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With droughts in the Sahel, US and Russia, 2012 has seen rising food prices and hunger worsening. In the midst of the desert in Doha, we’ve seen another drought. A drought of climate action from rich countries who rather than responding to the challenges poised by climate change have once again failed to deliver on […]

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Digging in deep in Doha

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Here in Doha, negotiation sessions are going deep into the night. Negotiators with tired eyes are talking about redlines and deadlines. Throughout the last two weeks, the issue of climate finance has been a major sticking point. So far only a handful of European countries and the UK have announced new climate finance pledges. Developing […]

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The Kyoto Question

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Once again, the Kyoto question looks set to define Australia’s international standing on climate change, explains Oxfam Australia’s UN Climate Tracker Clancy Moore.

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Thank you for 2011

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2011 is coming to a close, and we just wanted to take the time to thank you for all your work throughout the year. Through your tireless efforts, we’ve achieved amazing things on a number of fronts. Here’s just a few highlights from 2011: Oxfam Summer Our Victorian Campaigner Clancy and his volunteers started the […]

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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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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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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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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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Durban climate talks: shining a light on Australia’s role in tackling climate change

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Shining a light on something often brings opportunities and responsibilities. The role of Australia in tackling climate change was in the spotlight today at the UN Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa. Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Louise Hand addressed the opening plenary on the recent passing of the Clean Energy Future legislation. Quoting Minister […]

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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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Food is life in a changing climate

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Growing up with two younger sisters and two older brothers, meal times in my family were a hive of activity. Almost daily, we would fight it out over a solitary Anzac biscuit, the prized prawn at a family bbq or the last scoop of home-brand vanilla ice cream on a hot summer’s day. As a […]

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Tracking climate action with Australia’s political leaders

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Clancy Moore is blogging from the UN negotiations in Durban as part of Oxfam Australia’s UN Climate Tracker project.

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Pan-a-ma…

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If you shut your eyes and say the word, you probably think of white straw hats, the famous shipping canal or the 2001 movie adapted from John le Carre’s spy novel, the Tailor of Panama. For Panamanians, its meaning is grounded in place and nature, as they believe it to mean “an abundance of fish, […]

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Australia pricing pollution will impact global efforts on climate change

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With the announcement of Australia’s plan to put a price on pollution still making headlines and creating debate, our Climate Tracker Clancy had the timely opportunity to meet with Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Louise Hand in Canberra.

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Carbon Pricing: Domestic legislation, global ramifications?

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Watching Sunday’s announcement of the carbon price legislation, our Climate Tracker Clancy felt relieved that Australia is finally taking action on climate change.

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UN Climate talks show the importance of local action on climate change

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Tracking the two weeks of talks at the UN Climate Change negotiations in Bonn, we’ve seen some positive signs emerge. It is clear, however, that Australia’s role in putting a price on pollution and reducing emissions is more important than ever.

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