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COP17: Deal in Durban

Running 36 hours overtime, a deal was finally struck in Durban at the COP17. So was it the worst possible good outcome or a "complete farce" as Venezuelan climate negotiator Claudia Salerno termed it? The steps taken over the next few critical years will tell. And the role of the climate action movement around the globe will be key. Delegates from 194 countries represented at the Durban conference agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol. The only legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse...

Climate Deniers Make Presence At COP17 in Durban

While no elected member of the US Congress showed up in Durban this week for the COP17, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) recorded a video message for a conference of climate change deniers at the summit. Heralding the "complete collapse of the global warming movement and the failure of the Kyoto process," Inhofe went on to say he was "confident" that he was the only person in Washington DC left talking about global warming. Earlier that day, Democracy Now interviewed Mark Morano, a fomer Inhofe staf...

COP17 Youth Activist: Get It Done

There were many inspirational people speaking this week in Durban at the COP17. Most were the voices of activists- urging the delegates to put aside the politics and to respect the science by taking action that was fair, ambitious and binding. Here is a video and transcript broadcast today on Democracy Now of one such youth delegate Anjali Appadurai. She evokes the words of Nelson Mandela, "It always seems impossible, until it’s done." She then directs the negotiators to "Get It Done." AMY...

15-Year-Old Maldives Climate Ambassador Asks World Leaders to Take on Climate Change

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP15, opened Monday in Copenhagen, Denmark. One country on the front lines of climate change is the Maldives, a low-lying island nation in the Indian Ocean with 80% of its land lying three feet or less above sea level. The Maldives President, Mohamed Nasheed, has been one of the most outspoken world leaders to warn of the dire consequences of climate change. In October, Nasheed held a special cabinet meeting underwater to call for global action t...
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