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Meaningful action sought at UN climate talks

A week before climate negotiators from nearly 200 countries are slated to meet in Doha, Qatar, researchers are calling for a shake-up in the voting process and delegation sizes. The United Nations talks follow a World Bank report that warns of sharp temperature increases this century. While the meeting is not expected to yield breakthroughs, it is important for work toward a deal in 2015, says climate policy officer Sönke Kreft. AlertNet/Reuters (11/18), AlertNet (11/19), Reuters (11/20), Spiegel Online (Germany) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"Obama himself warned that Myanmar must extend new-found economic prosperity to everyone, not just the top tier of society. It remains to be seen if this advice will be heeded."

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  • Mixed ruling by UN high court over Caribbean dispute
    The United Nations high court, in a bid to resolve a long-running territorial dispute between Nicaragua and Colombia, on Monday issued a binding ruling that designated seven islets in the Caribbean Sea as Colombian but gave Nicaragua control of formerly Colombian waters understood to hold oil and gas. While Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said the ruling was a cause for celebration, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said it was "wrong and contradictory." BBC (11/19), Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Myanmar reforms: Social issues standing in way?
    While democratic reforms in Myanmar have been grabbing headlines, observers warn that they are having little impact for the many citizens burdened by poverty, ethnic disputes and censorship. "Change is happening in the upper levels of government ... but the lives of the people are largely the same as before," said Sein Win, an editor at Mizzima News, which was founded by exiles from Myanmar. (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • River treaties could ensure equitable water use
    Water is the most important global resource not governed by international agreement, writes Fred Pearce. However, two global river treaties -- including the United Nations Convention on the Non-Navigable Uses of International Watercourses -- are gaining broader acceptance. Yale Environment 360 (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Climate causing problems? Enter defense contractors
    Climate change is generating economic incentive for some of the world's biggest defense and aerospace companies, five of which recently said they would cooperate to devise solutions for disasters, renewables and global warming. BBC (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Goma reportedly falls to DR Congo rebels
    M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they have captured the city of Goma. The country's army and police put up little resistance, according to reports, while United Nations peacekeepers stationed at the city's airport repelled a rebel attack. The world body accuses Rwanda of backing the rebel fighters. BBC (11/20), The Guardian (London) (11/20), Reuters (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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