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Durban diary 10: Last call from the ITUC

09 Dec 2011, by in Environment

As the restive crowds gather at the UN centre in Durban, the ITUC has issued a final appeal to governments to “make a U-turn on the road they are taking to climate disaster.” After two weeks of negotiations, the talks are entering their final hours with negotiations expected to continue into the early hours of…

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Durban diary 9: Expectation management backfires

09 Dec 2011, by in Environment

After nearly two weeks of stalled progress at the Durban climate conference, U.S. youth spoke out today for a real, science-based climate treaty.  Abigail Borah, a New Jersey resident, interrupted the start of lead U.S. negotiator Todd Stern’s speech to “call out” members of Congress for impeding global climate progress, delivering a passionate plea for…

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Durban diary 8: “If global warming reaches 2 degrees, Africa will be a terrible place”

07 Dec 2011, by in Environment

“The game of ping-pong between the US and China at climate conferences is becoming more and more tiresome.” The leader of the European Parliament delegation here in Durban added that, “Once again, the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases are not contributing towards achieving a binding, global climate agreement.” ITUC delegate Gladys Branche (Sierra Leone Labour Congress) reported…

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Durban diary 7: Durban roadmap under wraps?

06 Dec 2011, by in Environment

Tomorrow a coalition of trade unions and environmental organisations is organising a day of action on the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) here at the Durban centre. It follows a heavily supported letter sent to President Zuma this week, signed by the TUC among many others, urging him to show leadership in support of the FTT…

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Durban diary 5: ITUC on top of the world

02 Dec 2011, by in Environment

Dorji Khatri of the Nepalese Union of trekking, travels, rafting and airlines, Unitrav speaks at the ITUC meeting today about his ascent of Mount Everest on 26 May 2011, when he planted the ITUC flag on the mountain top. Ten years ago the peak was covered in ice and now more and more rock is…

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Durban diary 4: UN returns to just transition

01 Dec 2011, by in Environment

It’s impossible not to comment on the UK government’s latest mishandling of the green economy, on a day when the UN resumes work on the Cancun agreement that includes principles of just transition and green jobs agreed last year. But to begin with UN business here at the COP17 Climate Change Conference in Durban: Today’s…

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