CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS

  • A snapshot of what climate change talks have achieved in 25 years January 22, 2013

    One often comes across observations made by even responsible policy makers that climate change negotiations over the past 25 years have achieved nothing. To my mind, it is just not true; tangible progress has been made. This progress may not be as rapid as many environmentalists would like, but nevertheless...
  • Devil's Advocate: 'West wasn't let off at Copenhagen' December 27, 2009

    Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. How should we view the Copenhagen accord? As a failure or as a success? Karan Thapar asked this to Shyam Saran, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on climate change. Karan Thapar: Mr Saran, do you view Copenhagen as a small step forward, as a...
  • Last day of Copenhagen summit, hope fizzling out December 18, 2009

    Copenhagen: Representatives of 192 countries quibbled over every word through the night as a weak political declaration started to emerge out of the climate summit once scheduled to finalise a treaty that would tackle global warming. As security helicopters circled atop snow flurries, around 130 heads of state gathered in Copenhagen...
  • India won't block talks, won't buckle at Copenhagen December 16, 2009

    New Delhi: A day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh goes to Copenhagen, India on Wednesday said the "numbers on the table" put up by developed countries for emission cuts are "disappointing" and pitched for "a comprehensive, effective and and equitable outcome" at the ongoing UN climate conference. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao...
  • India, China under Western attack at Copenhagen December 14, 2009

    Copenhagen: India and China came under a concerted attack from rich nations Monday for a threehour suspension of the December 718 climate summit, though an Indian government delegate denied that the country had anything to do with it. The fracas occurred at an "informal" session of the summit called by the...
  • India urges deal on climate change solution by 2010 December 13, 2009

    Copenhagen: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday ruled out that India would compromise its stand on climate change and urged that the world reach a deal by 2010. Ramesh told reporters at the Copenhagen climate change summit that the text of a political statement would be ready before Prime Minister Manmohan...
  • No consensus on climate at Barcelona meet November 9, 2009

    New Delhi: The countdown to save Planet Earth has now started. Less than a month from now, world leaders must sign a new global agreement to tackle climate change. But the deadlock between the developed and developing countries over who will cut their carbon emissions continues. Manmohan Singh's Special Envoy on...
  • India, China on the same page, sign pact on climate October 21, 2009

    New Delhi: India and China on Wednesday signed an agreement to cooperate on ways to fight climate change. They will also continue to work together in international climate deal negotiations. There is virtually no difference between Indian and Chinese "negotiating positions" on international climate treaties, said Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in...