Daily News Digest – 18 December 2009

With the arrival of heads of state in Copenhagen, many of the final discussions are happening behind closed doors and the news wires are falling silent. The Guardian’s Copenhagen Sketch captures the mood at the talks, from rumors and in-party arguments to the roller coaster of optimism and pessimism pervading the atmosphere. Other recent developments are captured in the listed articles below.

New York Times – U.S. offer of aid pushes climate talks further
Heeding the call of developing countries for monetary aid for adaptation needs, the U.S. backed a proposal to create an international fund worth $100 billion a year.
Full article in the New York Times

Al Jazeera – Clock ticking on climate deal
An internal UN document finds that the emissions cuts offered so far at the summit will lead to a 3C degree rise in global temperatures. Full article in Al Jazeera.

Times of India – G-77 forces West to put Kyoto on top
Developing countries took a unified stand against a move to further marginalize the Kyoto Protocol, and put it back into discussions. Full article in India Times.

Jakarta Post – Indonesian President busy lobbying counterparts in climate talks
BBC News – Climate deal cannot ignore rainforests
Mongabay – Half world’s science academies support call to save rainforests

Daily News Digest – 11 December 2009

Phnom Penh PostCambodia expected to seek funding at climate summit

Cambodia’s delegation will soon touch down in Copenhagen, where it is expected to press for adaptation funding to help Cambodia meet climate related challenges.
Full article in the Phnom Penh Post

Bangkok PostBattle of the texts looms at UN climate talks

China accused developed nations of failing to live up to their promises, and the Pacific-island state of Tuvalu called for a legally binding amendment to the Kyoto Protocol that would require large developing economies set targets for emissions cuts. Full article in the Bangkok Post

ReutersTiny Tuvalu in spotlight at climate talks

Key facts about Tuvalu and the climate-related challenges it faces as a Pacific island nation. Full article on Reuters

Mysinchew.comJapan, Indonesia call for Copenhagen deal

Japan recently offered a 425 million dollar loan to Indonesia for climate change mitigation, as the two countries jointly set a standard for cooperation in order to involve other major emitters. Full article

Channel News Asia – China and India at forefront of Copenhagen discussions
Brunei FM – China willing to work with ASEAN to tackle climate change
The Standard – Asia particularly at risk to climate change

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Mongabay.comLeaked document seen as sidelining poor countries

A leaked document, outlining a potential climate change treaty, threatens to further divide developing nations from wealthy countries. Full article on Mongabay

New York Times – Small nations weigh the power of the walkout

Following the leaked text of a controversial outline for a climate change treaty, many developing nations have begun considering a walkout to call attention to their plight. Full article in the New York Times

Jakarta Post – Gap widens between G77 member states

Indonesia proposed an “umbrella decision” of reaching a legally binding treaty by next June at the latest, in the hopes of preventing deadlock in Copenhagen. Full article in the Jakarta Post

Reuters – Bangladesh to seek 15% of any climate fund

Bangladesh’s Minister of the Environment says that Bangladesh is entitled to ask for at least 15% of any climate change adaptation fund pledged by developed countries in Copenhagen. Bangladesh is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, and faces massive population displacement due to rising sea levels and melting glaciers in the Himalayas. Full article on Reuters

More News

Jakarta Post – Understanding Indonesia’s Emission Cuts Inside Out

Bangkok Post – World’s hottest decade adds pressure for climate accord

Associated Press – Forest-saving deal could lift climate summit hopes

LA Times – Interview with Korean green-growth advocate on Copenhagen priorities

Asia Times – India displays multi-vector diplomacy

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