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COP25: Longest climate talks end with compromise deal

COP25: Longest climate talks end with compromise deal

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The longest United Nations climate talks on record have finally ended in Madrid with a compromise deal.Exhausted delegates reached agreement on the key question of increasing the global response to curbing carbon.All countries will need to put new climate pledges on the table by the time of the next major conference in Glasgow next year. Divisions over other questions - including carbon markets - were delayed until the next gathering. What was agreed?After two extra days and nights of negotiations, delegates finally agreed a deal that will see new, improved carbon cutting plans on the table by the time of the Glasgow conference next year.All parties will need to address the gap between what the science says is necessary to avoid ...
Climate change: COP25 talks open as ‘point of no return’ in sight

Climate change: COP25 talks open as ‘point of no return’ in sight

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Political leaders and climate diplomats are meeting in Madrid for two weeks of talks amid a growing sense of crisis.According to UN Secretary General António Guterres, "the point of no return is no longer over the horizon". Meanwhile, Save the Children says that climate shocks have left millions in Africa facing hunger. The charity says 33 million people are at emergency levels of food insecurity due to cyclones and droughts.This conference of the parties, or COP25, was due to be held in Chile but was cancelled by the government due to weeks of civil disturbances. Spain then stepped in to host the event, which will see 29,000 attendees over the two weeks of talks. Speak
Madrid to host COP25 after Peru bows out amid violent protests; Greta Thunberg asks for ride

Madrid to host COP25 after Peru bows out amid violent protests; Greta Thunberg asks for ride

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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The city of Madrid agreed Friday to host a U.N. climate change convention next month after Chile withdrew from hosting duties amid protests in the capital. U.N. Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said the convention, known as COP25, will take place in the Spanish capital Dec. 2-13. Madrid offered to hold the event Thursday, one day after Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said the capital of Santiago could no longer host. He also canceled plans to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit scheduled for December. "We understand perfectly the importance of APEC and [the climate change conference] for Chile and the world, but we have based our decision on common sense," he said in a statement. "A president needs to put its people above everything el...
Climate change: Spain offers to host COP25 in Madrid

Climate change: Spain offers to host COP25 in Madrid

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Just a day after the President of Chile said his country could no longer hold the world's annual climate conference, Spain has offered to host it in Madrid.The critical meeting, called COP25, was due to take place in Santiago for two weeks from 3 December.Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said his government needed "to prioritise re-establishing public order" after serious anti-government protests.Spain's offer will be considered by the UN's climate body next week.The Spanish government said it considered multilateral action on climate change to be a priority for the UN.The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is usually an important moment for taking stock of where the world stands on climate change. For a quarter of a century, negotiators from almost