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Carbon offsets could point the way to climate future

Halfway through the United Nations climate talks in Doha, Qatar, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said she does not see "much public interest, support, for governments to take on more ambitious and more courageous decisions" to slow global warming. One option is the Clean Development Mechanism, the global environmental currency that awards transferable credits for building green projects in developing countries. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/IHT Rendezvous blog (12/3), Fox News Latino/The Associated Press (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"If we can't win against HIV, we can't win against anything. HIV is the disease we have a chance at. The choices we make about HIV are the easiest global health choices we get."

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  • UN: Israeli settlements would undermine peace
    If Israel moves ahead with building 3,000 homes in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, "it would represent an almost fatal blow to the remaining chances of securing a two-state solution," said a spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The construction, as well as the withholding some $120 million in monthly tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority, were announced by Israel after the General Assembly voted Thursday to upgrade the UN status of the Palestinians. BBC (12/3), The Washington Post (11/30), Yahoo/Reuters (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nations gather to debate future of the Internet
    Representatives from nearly 200 countries have gathered for a meeting of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union. While Western powers aim to preserve the current system of Internet governance, a slate of primarily authoritarian states are seeking to a system similar to that for telephones, with clear standards and costs. ITU head Hamadoun Touré says claims of a takeover are misguided, and that revisions would improve global infrastructure and access. "The brutal truth is that the Internet remains largely [the] rich world's privilege," Touré said. BBC (12/2), (Canada)/The Associated Press (12/3), The Economist (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Avon ladies" model helps developing-world retailers
    Developing-world retailers are embracing the "Avon ladies" business model, with female entrepreneurs employing door-to-door saleswomen to hawk products including soap, medicine and solar lamps. "By having people at their doorstep from the local community, people they can relate with, telling them about this new product, they're more likely to consider it," says Shivani Siroya of InVenture, which uses the model to sell money-management services in India. The Economist/Schumpeter blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Planning for a different water future
    World water crises have less to do with overall supply than efficient use and government planning, William Wheeler reports. "Too much water –- whether from flooding, sea level rise, or more extreme storms –- can be just as deadly as too little." The Christian Science Monitor (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should wealthy pay for climate "loss and damage"?
    Wealthy countries are balking at proposals from developing countries calling for communities most vulnerable to climate change to be compensated for "loss and damage." The issue is emerging as a sticking point at the United Nations climate talks in Doha, Qatar, where India and Brazil accused rich nations of inaction. The Guardian (London) (12/3), AlertNet/Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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