Dec 14, 2015

China's own pollution problems behind push for global climate deal

China’s push for a global climate pact was due in part to its own increasingly pressing need to solve serious environmental problems, observers say. China, the world’s biggest source of climate-changing gases, was blamed for obstructing the last high-level climate talks in Copenhagen in ...

For China, climate deal is imperfect but huge step forward

Dec 14, 2015

For China, climate deal is imperfect but huge step forward

For China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, the global climate accord reached in Paris marked a huge step toward greener growth that safeguards its sovereignty while falling short on funding for cleaner energy. Xie Zhenhua, Beijing’s senior climate change envoy, said he welcomed ...

France issues climate draft to guide shift from fossil fuels

Dec 12, 2015

France issues climate draft to guide shift from fossil fuels

Hosts France issued a 31-page draft text of a deal to combat climate change on Saturday, hoping to secure adoption within hours from 195 nations and mark a turning point for the global economy away from fossil fuels. Officials have been meeting the French ...

Dec 2, 2015

World's richest 10 percent produce 50 percent of CO2: Oxfam

The richest 10 percent of people produce half of Earth’s climate-harming fossil-fuel emissions, while the poorest half contribute a mere 10 percent, British charity Oxfam said in a study released Wednesday. Oxfam published the numbers as negotiators from 195 countries met in Paris to ...

In the struggle over Paris climate text, a little means a lot

Dec 2, 2015

In the struggle over Paris climate text, a little means a lot

Will a battle over two words — “shall” and “should” — decide the fate of mankind? Negotiators gathered in Paris are trying to craft an historic global deal by December 11 to save humanity from a feared climate catastrophe. But in front of them ...