The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol opened on Monday, 26 November and continues until Friday, 7 December 2012 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar.
(Reuters) – Extreme weather from melting Arctic ice to Superstorm Sandy shows snail-paced U.N. climate talks have to do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the U.N. weather agency and its climate chief said on Wednesday.
“Climate change is taking place before our eyes,” Michel Jarraud, the head of the U.N.’s weather agency, said of the shrinking of ice floating on the Arctic Ocean to a record low in September and other extremes.
And the first 10 months of 2012 were the ninth-warmest since records began in the mid-19th century, with early months cooled by a “La Nina” weather event in the Pacific, according to a report by Jarraud’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Middle Eastern companies lag those in the rest of the world in reporting carbon-dioxide emissions. They mirror governments in a region that for the first time is hosting global talks to limit climate change.
Five of 2,199 publicly traded companies in the Middle East reported their CO2 output last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Those that did report, which included National Bank of Oman SAOG (NBOB) and Strauss Group Ltd. (STRS) of Israel, were 0.2 percent of the total. That compares with 4.2 percent in the 27- nation European Union, 3.9 percent in both Latin America and Africa, 3.2 percent in Asia and 1.3 percent in North America.
DOHA — FINANCE to help developing countries adapt to climate change, and mitigate its negative effects, was at the heart of this year’s United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Doha, and lack of agreement on this could derail the talks, a coalition of 700 nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) said on Wednesday.
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