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Greenpeace makes closing comment on COP19

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 novembre 2013

Português: Greenpeace promove atividades pela ...

Português: Greenpeace promove atividades pela Semana de Mobilização pelo Clima. Na Feira dos Importados, integrante do Greenpeace faz manifestação equipada com uma placa solar presa a um capacete capaz de gerar energia suficiente para acender lâmpadas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warsaw, As the gavel sounds today at the official closing of the UN Climate Negotiations, Martin Kaiser, Head of Delegation for Greenpeace International said:”The comatose nature of these negotiations sends a clear signal that increased civil disobedience against new coal plants and oil rigs is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. Neither the industrialized countries nor the big developing nations were willing to move forward in offering concrete measures to reduce their emissions, or even agree on a concrete date for doing so. Apart from a pittance for the adaptation fund, the rich countries did not pledge any money to supporting developing countries in their efforts to tackle climate change and to build up climate friendly economies.It is irresponsible of the governments of Poland, US, China, India and EU to pretend to act against global warming and catastrophic climate change while agreeing on baby steps at COP19.The results of this climate conference shows that Greenpeace and other NGOs did the right thing in leaving this conference.A global treaty in Paris won’t be possible without a systemic paradigm shift away from fossil fuels and nuclear power, and towards renewable energy in the EU, the US, China and India.”

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Kumi Naidoo accompanies many major NGOs in walking out of the UN climate negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2013

warsaw overview

warsaw overview (Photo credit: Nikos Roussos)

 In regards to the massive NGO walk-out today from the UN climate negotiations, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International said:“The Polish government has done its best to turn these talks into a showcase for the coal industry. Along with backsliding by Japan, Australia and Canada, and the lack of meaningful leadership from other countries, governments here have delivered a slap in the face to those suffering as a result of dangerous climate change. The EU is being shackled by the Polish government and its friends in the coal industry, and must resume leading on the climate agenda if Paris is going to deliver a treaty that matters.” “China, if anyone, can be a game-changer, but it’s not yet capitalising on its potential. It has yet to translate its domestic gains on cutting coal use and other climate action into constructive engagement in these talks. 2014 is a critical year – it must be a year of action and ambition on the road to Paris. Each and every country must table new pollution reduction targets, as well as meeting the promises they have already made.”“We believe in this process. We will never give up on it, because people around the world desperately need a global treaty on climate change. But a new treaty must also be meaningful. Warsaw has simply not been good enough. As civil society, we will be back next year with still more voices behind us, with more determination and with more ambition to succeed. We expect governments to do the same.”

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Warsaw iconic building is stage for call to free activists as COP19 fails to respond to climate emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 novembre 2013

The Arctic Cathedral

The Arctic Cathedral (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

Warsaw. Activists today protested at the iconic Palace of Culture and Science in central Warsaw to demand immediate climate action and to free the climate defenders, known as the Arctic 30. Warsaw is currently hosting the annual UN climate negotiations, which are not delivering the urgent action people and the planet need.
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International said:
“Typhoon Haiyan reminded the world that we must act without delay, but the governments of countries like Australia, Japan, Poland and Canada are serving their oil, nuke and coal lobbies while condemning many more around the world to suffering. The climate talks are held hostage by these lobbies while brave climate defenders like the Arctic 30 still face several years in jail for taking peaceful action to protect the Arctic from climate change.”A large banner was hung on the side of the Palace facing the National Stadium, where the COP19 talks are being held, which read: “Save the Arctic – Free our Activists”.The protest comes at a moment when the negotiations are at a deadlock. The financing needed for loss and damage, adaptation to the climate impacts and the transition towards renewable energies are not provided by rich countries. Most recently, Australia and Japan stepped back from their previous commitments. Poland and some major emerging economies are blocking a strict timetable for ambitious targets in 2014. The world`s largest emitter China has not been ready to translate its domestic policy progress into constructive engagements here in Warsaw.“This process is sorely lacking in leadership on all sides. China and the EU, if anyone, have potential to be a game-changer in these talks, but they are not capitalizing their potential. ““If governments can’t even agree on a strict timetable for increasing climate ambition and making 2014 a year of increased mitigation and financing commitments, you will see more acts of civil disobedience by ordinary citizens who are frustrated by policy leaders who simply act as puppets of their fossil fuel industries. The movement against coal and oil interests needs the courageous mobilization of people who can act as bravely as the Arctic 30 did,” added Naidoo.

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Climate Action Tracker

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

Climate justice and water justice

Climate justice and water justice (Photo credit: Toban B.)

Warsaw Weak government action on climate change will lead to a projected 3.7degC of warming by 2100, around 0.6degC higher than the original promises they made in Copenhagen, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said today.The annual assessment by the CAT, a project of research organisations: Climate Analytics, Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows that the world has a one in three chance of exceeding 4˚C by 2100. “We are seeing a major risk of a further downward spiral in ambition, a retreat from action, and a re-carbonisation of the energy system led by the use of coal,” said Bill Hare, director of Climate Analytics.“Governments are taking a ‘bottom up’ approach to climate action, unilaterally degrading their pledges without review: the type of pledge first, review later approach to commitments that could lead to a very weak agreement in 2015.”Since the Warsaw talks began, the announcement by Japan to downgrade its target enlarged the global 2020 emissions gap by 3-4%. Australia’s backtracking on implementation could widen the gap further, with some positive signals coming from the US and China.These developments point towards warming of about 5˚C, under the highest of the new IPCC scenarios that sees a sixfold increase in coal use. There is a growing disconnect between current policies and 2020 pledges, and the longer-term reductions needed for 1.5-2°C.“This whole situation flies in the face of plentiful opportunities for action and the continuing rise of renewable energy,” said Niklas Höhne Director for energy and climate policy at Ecofys. “For the first time, we analysed whether currently implemented government policies are sufficient to meet their pledges and find that significant and very diverse action is happening, but still not sufficient.”“Instead of strong domestic policies to meet ambitious pledges, we’re seeing a weakening of action, and a degradation of pledges that sees the highest 2020 emissions levels the Climate Action Tracker has ever seen,” said Marion Vieweg, of Climate Analytics.

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Reaction to UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-Moon and Poland PM Donald Tusk speeches at COP19– Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013


Warsaw (Photo credit: TobyA)

 In response to statements made today by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and Polish Prime Minster, Donald Tusk, at the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Warsaw, Maciek Muskat, Director of Greenpeace Poland, addressing Tusks’s introductory speech said:
“Tusk claims to hear the consensus among climate scientists about the seriousness of climate change, but he fails to listen. Scientists say we must leave most of the known reserves of fossil fuels in the ground and that there is barely space for new coal plants in our carbon budget. Prime Minister Tusk, however, seems to live in a fantasy land where all technology can continue to be used in a climate afflicted world – including coal. The coal addiction of the Polish Prime Minister is the reason for his government’s blocking European climate goals. This is throttling the chances of having any meaningful international deal, and hurting the opportunity to pull Poland into a future based on renewables. It should be clear that in order to make the EU a true leader and push the COP presidency towards bigger ambitions in 2014, PM Tusk must stop being ‘The Godfather’ of coal interests in Poland.”

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Polish Environment Minister sacked in the middle of UN climate negotiations

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

warsaw overview

warsaw overview (Photo credit: Nikos Roussos)

 Reacting to the firing of the Polish Environment Minister, Marcin Korolec in the middle of the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Maciej Muskat, Director of Greenpeace Poland
Replacing the Minister of the Environment during COP19 is further proof of Prime Minister Tusk’s lack of a clear intention to drive the climate negotiations towards a clear timeline to commit to meaningful climate action and phase out fossil fuels. While introducing the new Environment Minister, Prime Minister Tusk justified the change by a need to accelerate the exploitation of shale gas in Poland.The new Minister of Environment, Maciej Grabowski highlighted in his short opening speech the development of shale gas in Poland as his priority. In relation to his background on environmental issues, he has mentioned his previous interest in the exploration of hydrocarbons. Marcin Korolec will stay as the plenipotentiary of the Polish government to the climate negotiations.

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NGOs, supporters and activists march during COP19

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 novembre 2013

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland;...

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland; View from Łazienkowska Route (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warsaw, starting at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, NGOs and supporters from across the globe are marching through the city centre, near where the UN climate negotiations are being held, to demand movement from policy-makers against catastrophic climate change and to honour the ‘Arctic 30’.Martin Kaiser, Head of Delegation for Greenpeace International, said:“While we March we’re remembering that, with each step we take, 30 of us are illegally detained –they are not walking alongside us because of the courageous stand they have taken to defend what we, and they, hold dear.” It was announced recently that the 30 men and women detained on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, after a peaceful protect against oil drilling in the icy Arctic, could remain in jail in Russia for at least another 3 months.At the climate negotiations in Warsaw, following the devastation in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s governments have so far rejected the opportunity to act. The Japanese and Australian governments have chosen this moment to tear up their existing promises, while giving their full attention to the oil, coal and gas industry. They have ignored the interests of their own citizens, the pleas of the victims of climate change, and the warnings of scientists, economists and trades unionists, to address the climate crisis which is engulfing us.“Policy-makers and officials here need to take a page from the story of these men and women who acted bravely and decisively to draw the world’s attention to the reckless greed of the fossil fuel industry. The Arctic 30 are not pirates. They are not hooligans. They acted entirely peacefully to protect the unique environment of the Arctic, and to protect all of us from the devastating impacts of climate change. The Arctic 30, and all those who stand against climate change, those who have lost their freedom, and in some cases their lives to protect the climate – they are the true heroes of our movement. We march with them, and for them,” said Kaiser.

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Securing EU10 Economic Recovery Amid Headwinds

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 novembre 2011

The member states of the Medieval Livonia and ...

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WARSAW.The economic recovery of the EU10 countries was well on track in the first half of 2011, but has moderated in the second half of 2011 in response to the deterioration of the external environment, according to the World Bank’s latest EU10 Regular Economic Report, launched today in Warsaw. According to the report, progress has been difficult to achieve in some areas, although the EU10 countries have shown remarkable resilience in others. Strong points in 2011 include solid EU10 growth; fast rebounds in Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia; and significant reductions in fiscal deficits in most EU10 countries. These achievements are impressive, as they have come in spite of the challenging external environment. Growth of the global economy is now losing momentum and the expansion of the EU15[2] is expected to slow down further in 2012. Since the EU10 is closely tied through production, trade, and finance with the EU15, growth in the EU10 is also projected to weaken, but is set to remain higher than in the EU15.

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