Down to the Wire: The COP18 UN Climate Conference Is On!

TreeHugger rounds up the best reporting, commentary, and social media reaction to this year's version of the annual UN climate talks, COP18, where nations continue to try to come together to do something about slowing climate change in a rapidly warming world, where there are serious doubts if some of the worst affects of global warming can be averted.

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The COP18 UN Climate Talks in Doha Are On

2012's edition of the annual two weeks of global climate talks. Two big questions: 1) Will this year's talks bring scientifically meaningful action of climate change; 2) Is it already too late to avoid a serious measure of climate catastrophe?

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Right here, this is it! The crux of the situation. History will judge our generation beyond poorly if we do not act. We will be vilified. Future historians will write books or tell stories about how we were the generation, the civilization, that saw what needed to be done and then couldn't muster the courage even to protect ourselves, all while the world around us burns, floods, and overheats. 
Will Philippines negotiator's tears change our course on climate change?When a senior diplomat at global talks breaks down in public, it is a signal that other countries must pay attention. It happens rarely, ...
Qatar comes under fire as climate talksThe host of this year's UN climate change summit is facing accusations of farcical behaviour and obstructing progress towards an internat...
Doha climate talks stall over draft text wordingTalks aimed at a global agreement on climate change appeared stalled on Friday morning, with countries failing to agree on the wording of...
This is totally right on the mark. Civil society isn't the problem at all. The problem is entrenched political and corporate interests refusing to act in any way that at all upsets their status quo, financially and in terms of power.
Stop Blaming Civil Society for Failed Climate Change NegotiationsCivil society is blaming politicians for their short-sighted political agendas and bend-over-backwards attitude to the fossil fuel indust...
Carol Browner: 'Stunning' Climate Denial In The House Prevents Any Action On Climate In Washingtonby Luke Morgan Former EPA Chief and White House Climate Czar Carol Browner says that climate deniers in the House of Representatives are ...
Kumi Naidoo writes to President Obama. All signs point to the President not replying.
An Open Letter to Barack Obama: We Are Running Out of TimeDear Mr. President, My Name is Kumi Naidoo, I am the Executive Director of Greenpeace International, I also serve as President of the Glo...
When all is said and done, the UN is ill-equipped to deal with including voices that don't come from within the outdated nation-state system and those organizations that play nice with that. It's not set up to be otherwise, and as such is ineffective when dealing with situations where nations themselves fail to do what is right, especially when powerful nations object.
Arab Youth Ejected and De-Badged from The QNCC at COP18 Day 10tcktcktckorg
China pledges 'due contribution' on emissions cutsChina has pledged to make its "due contribution" to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change, but said developed coun...
From Fossil Fuels to Global Warming Denial, Koch Brothers May Be Biggest Force Behind U.S. InactionThe billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are known for funneling vast donations into Republican campaigns in the United States. Bu...
No place is safe from the ravages of climate change, now and especially in the future.
CLIMATE CHANGE: In the Arab world, building fridges to live in an ovenIn the last three decades, 50 million people in the Arab world have been affected by natural disasters, many of them extreme climate even...
REDD (the program whereby nations would get carbon credits and funding to help preserve forests) isn't doing so well.
NATIONS: Forestry protection talks break down in DohaNATIONS: Forestry protection talks break down in Doha (Monday, December 3, 2012) Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter Developing and developed c...
All as the Philippines get walloped by a typhoon...
Extreme weather is new normal, U.N.'s Ban tells climate talks | ReutersDOHA (Reuters) - Extreme weather is the new normal and poses a threat to the human race, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesd...
Countries clash over loss and damage at UN climate talks - AlertNetSource: alertnet // Megan Rowling By Megan Rowling DOHA (AlertNet) - U.N. climate negotiations on loss and damage were in disarray on Tue...
Impressively bad performance, though consistent for the past several years. Environmentally speaking, Canada is a petro-state, obstructing climate action and obfuscating when it comes to any negative portrayal of tar sands mining.
Canada ranked as worst performer in the developed world on climate change - Climate Action Network CanadaDecember 3, 2012 ( Doha, Qatar) Canada fell to 58 th place out of 61 countries analyzed for their policies and action on climate change t...
Priorities...
New Analysis: Fossil fuel subsidies five times greater than climate finance - The Price of OilHere in Doha for the UN climate negotiations, we've just released new analysis that shows that fossil fuel subsidies in rich countries ar...

Along with a series of reports showing no let up in carbon emissions, this is the latest is pronouncement that we're going to be unable to keep temperature rise below the critical 2°C threshold. In other words, we've failed. 
Carbon emissions are 'too high'It is increasingly unlikely that global warming will be kept below an increase of 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels, a study suggests...
This is the latest in a series of recent assessments of global greenhouse gas emissions for 2011. Though each comes up with a slightly different figure, all say that 2011 emissions hit a record high.
Record high for global carbon emissionsGlobal carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise again in 2012, reaching a record high of 35.6 billion tonnes - according to new figures f...
Not surprising...
Geo-engineering wins scant enthusiasm at U.N. climate talksMany scientists say the proposed solutions, known as geo-engineering, are little understood and might have side effects more damaging tha...
New satellite data shows that two-thirds of the melting is coming from Greenland, the rest from Antarctica.
Polar Ice Sheets Melting 3 Times Faster Than Two Decades AgoSince the early 1990s melting of the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica has contributed one-fifth of observed sea level rise.
There's a bit of chicken and egg here. It's tough to take interest in a series of talks that continue to stall, delay, and putter about. Besides, the latest surveys on public opinion on climate change show that even in the US a clear majority of people do favor action on climate change. 
UN Climate Chief Doesn't See 'Much Public Interest' For Tough ActionDOHA, Qatar (AP) - The United Nations climate chief is urging people not to look solely to their governments to make tough decisions to s...
Pay little attention to rhetoric, particularly from the US, that significant progress is being made, or even ambitious commitments being made, to reduce emissions. Any recent reductions in US emissions are the result of economic downturn + falling natural gas prices, not concerted action or commitment to reduce greenhouse gases or really change course from business as usual.
Pledges to fight global warming inadequate, U.S. off track: studyDOHA (Reuters) - Major nations' policies are inadequate to limit global warming and the United States is off track even in carrying out i...
Understanding the Doha climate talks, in three easy chartsIt's that time of year again - when the nations of the world get together and at least try to look like they're doing something about glo...
This may top the Obama admin announcement of oil exploration auctions in the Gulf of Mexico in the poor PR timing of the day award...
Coal-reliant Poland to host U.N. climate talks after OPEC's QatarPoland formally submitted its offer for Warsaw to host the talks on Wednesday to almost 200 nations at this year's meeting in Doha. No ot...
From Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey, and Pablo Solon.
An open letter to governments and their negotiatorsAs the UN climate negotiations kick off in Doha, Qatar, people all over the world are watching as floods wash away their lives, fires con...
To add to the as-to-be-expected timing of more dire climate science reports...
Thawing of Permafrost Expected to Cause Significant Additional Global Warming, Not yet Accounted for in Climate Predictions - UNEPPolicymakers and Climate Scientists Must Monitor and Prepare for Large Carbon Dioxide and Methane Emissions from Permafrost, Says UNEP Re...
Rather than being alarmist, the IPCC has actually underestimated how fast the sea are rising.
Sea Levels Rising 60% Faster Than ExpectedNew research from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows that global sea level rise is happening 60% faster than IPCC pr...
If you can't be in Doha, watch all the action via webcast. Don't count on it being hugely compelling television. Think of it as the UN version of C-SPAN.
UNFCCC Webcast: MainpageOfficial Webcast of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The Adopt a Negotiator crew is relentless...
Dear Todd Stern, | The Adopt a Negotiator ProjectAn open letter to my negotiators on Day 1 of COP18: We haven't met. Not yet anyway. I'm the one in the black Adopt a Negotiator shirt, th...
US says no (again, and again) to EU emissions trading program for airlines + in an amazingly poor bit of timing, Obama admin plans on auctioning off the remaining oil exploration blocks in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Obama Drops Two Big Fat Carbon Bombs on the WorldIn the wake of hurricane Sandy, the week before the presidential election, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama. H...
Coinciding with the events on Day 2 was a UNEP report about the consequences of melting permafrost to the climate. The short version: Very, very bad.
Reading - Thawing of permafrost expected to cause significant additional global warming (@UNEP) #climate #cop18 http://bit.ly/TqYViPWorld Resources Inst
Oddly (or maybe not), a portion of these "enormous" efforts are "delivered in part by the carbon reductions from its investments in the controversial practice of 'fracking' for shale gas."
Doha 2012: US claims 'enormous' efforts to cut carbon emissions http://gu.com/p/3c54h/tf via @GuardianEco #COP18Rainforest Alliance
Meanwhile, as the talks rev up this week, the Arctic is also making news, but not for a very good reason. Thanks to the changing climate, which is reducing the amount of sea ice, a ship of this kind can make the journey for the first time. Its contents? Fossil fuels, of course.
A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic. http://ow.ly/fzKwZBBC Future
As Day 2 begins in Qatar, the UN has designated today as Gender Day, and there are a handful of events throughout the day that highlight connections between climate and gender.
Today is #UNFCCC Gender Day at #COP18! Join us to celebrate the role of women in climate change mitigation. http://on.fb.me/U8RY3i @CFigueresUNFCCC
Remember, the proposed emission reductions from the US will ensure well over 2°C of warming, dooming small island nations, low-lying nations, as well as making coastal nations (cough, New York, cough, Superstorm Sandy) more vulnerable to flooding. In no way can what the US proposes be considered ambitious, full stop.
U.S. holds to climate goals despite poor nations' pleasAbout 200 nations met for annual U.N. talks on global warming with little prospect of a breakthrough and recriminations over how to keep ...
Avaaz lays out 4 things that need to happen at COP18. If you guessed that commitments to deeper emissions cuts tops the list, you're on the right track.
Climate showdown in the desert | AvaazThe temperature is rising in Doha (Luca Castellazzi) You didn't have to go far to find extreme weather this year. North America experienc...
US backs UN climate change process following rumours of withdrawal | RTCC - Responding to Climate ChangeThe USA backed the UN climate change talks today, after rumours earlier in the month that it was seeking to shift discussions on greenhou...
Climate change adaptation cash for poor countries fails to materialiseWealthy countries have not only failed to provide cash to help poor people adapt to climate change, but much of what they have agreed to ...
Doha climate talks live chat: what's at stake for poor countries?Next week, thousands will travel to Doha, Qatar, for the next round of climate change talks at COP (Conference of the Parties) 18. It's a...
Intergenerational justice anyone??
If you are under 18, UN rules say you can't come and share your opinions at #COP18. We try & respect that by ignoring your future as well.UNFCCC, Almost
I'm sorry. We could have stopped catastrophic climate change...We didn't. Today, world governments are sitting down in Doha, Qatar to discuss climate change. The conference, known as COP 18 is another...envirospace
Yes, three UN climate conferences after these posters above were made, we're still very far away from taking global action on climate change, in any way that adequately addresses what science says is required to reduce warming, and in any time frame that will avert dangerous warming. We're twiddling and talking while a stable climate future slips away from us.
UN Report: Passed The Point Of Averting Worst Effects Of Climate ChangeBy Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor: Global greenhouse-gas emissions already have passed the point where the worst effects of global ...
Infographic: The politics of climate changeThe positions of key countries and political blocs on climate change measures before the COP18 in Qatar.
The COP 18 president is calling the opening of the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar a "golden opportunity," but I still have to wonder if the former head of OPEC really has any moral authority to head a global climate conference.
Should the Former OPEC President Really Head a UN Climate Summit?This year's UN climate talks, COP18 in Qatar, to begin on the 26th of November, are upon us with perhaps the least fanfare of any COP in ...
Doha talks 'golden opportunity'The latest round of UN climate talks have opened in Doha, the capital of Qatar. More than 17,000 participants from all over the world are...

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