"COPENHAGEN -- The top U.S. climate negotiator today questioned the viability of two new global warming treaty proposals floated in recent hours as a way to end a stalemate here over the next steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions. State Department special climate envoy Todd Stern found fault with a six-page draft offered today by a special U.N.-led working group that had been tasked with hashing out details on a new long-term agreement." Darren Samuelsohn reports for Greenwire December 11, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN — China's Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei on Friday said the chief U.S. climate negotiator either lacks common sense or is "extremely irresponsible" for saying that no U.S. climate financing should be going to China. In unusually blunt language, He said he was "shocked" by U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern's comments earlier this week that China shouldn't expect any American climate aid money and that the United States was not in any debt to the world for its historical carbon emissions." Karl Ritter reports for the Associated Press Dec. 11, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- In one of the most significant developments to date at the U.N.-sponsored climate talks, the ad-hoc group charged with charting a new path forward released a draft text Friday morning outlining the critical questions that need to be resolved before the talks end Dec. 18. The text authored by Michael Zammit Cutajar, the chair of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action, has boiled down a 180-page negotiation document to just over six pages.
While the new document leaves multiple options on the table for each key issue, it establishes the parameters for what both industrialized and major developing countries would do to address climate change, and outlines how richer nations could finance climate actions by poorer ones. It was released a matter of hours after small island states -- who are most vulnerable to climate change -- issued their own treaty proposal." Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post December 11, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Island nations threatened by rising seas demanded at UN talks Friday that the world commit to preventing global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit). In an 18-page draft accord obtained by AFP, the 43-member Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) also called for an ambitious 85-percent cut in global CO2 emissions by 2050." AFP had the story Dec. 11, 2009.
"European leaders today sought to boost the chances of a climate change deal in Copenhagen next week by pledging €2.4bn a year from January to help the world's poor countries cope with global warming in the next three years. Beyond that, to 2020, the UK and France said that a tax on global financial transactions should be used pay for the fight against climate change." Ian Traynor reports for the UK Guardian Dec. 11, 2009.
"Saudi Arabia is a major dissident at the global climate conference in Copenhagen, where representatives of more than 190 countries are trying to agree on a new international initiative to combat climate change. Many environmental groups say the oil-producing giant has long played an obstructionist role in climate change negotiations. Saudi officials fear that reducing emissions will reduce oil exports and be catastrophic for their economy." Kelly McEvers reports for NPR's All Things Considered December 10, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN — Ray Weiss ... a geochemist who studies atmospheric pollution at San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, says the numbers at the core of the debate in Copenhagen are flawed. Specifically, he says the cuts that countries including the USA are proposing in greenhouse gas emissions are difficult to measure and highly susceptible to manipulation by government officials and companies." Brian Winter reports for USA TODAY Dec. 11, 2009.