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DeSmogBlog: Youth Delegate Anjali Appadurai Speaks Truth to Power at Conclusion of COP17 in Durban

Perhaps the most powerful speech made in all of COP17 at Durban came at the very end, a statement by Anjali Appadurai, a student at the College of the Atlantic in Maine, who addressed the conference on behalf of the youth delegates.

Her scornful depiction of the utter failure of the international community to act on . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Youth Delegate Anjali Appadurai Speaks Truth to Power at Conclusion of COP17 in Durban

DeSmogBlog: Small Island States Fear "Annihilation" From Failed Climate Negotiations, Protests Mark COP17 Closing Hours

Karl Hood, Grenada's Minister of Foreign Affairs and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), responded to a question from veteran ABC correspondent Bill Blakemore about the fact that climate scientists believe it is impossible to keep global warming below 1.5C above pre-industrial levels: "If they're saying that 1.5 isn't possible, are you . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Small Island States Fear "Annihilation" From Failed Climate Negotiations, Protests Mark COP17 Closing Hours

DeSmogBlog: Will Durban Climate Talks Leave Us On the Wrong Side of History?

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Guest post by Heather Libby of TckTckTck.org, originally published on Huffington Post.

Whatever happens, the next 48 hours will change the world.

The Durban climate negotiations dance on a wire. Sway but a little, and everything falls.

For the past ten days scientists, politicians, faith leaders, health leaders, artists and unions have formed . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Will Durban Climate Talks Leave Us On the Wrong Side of History?

350 or bust: Canadian Government Reminded To Stop Their “Fuelish” Ways

Talented Canadian artist and environmentalist (and friend of 350orbust) Franke James has recently come out with a video about her experience of being blacklisted by the Harper government. In it, Franke examines how she got in a “pickle” for asking Stephen Harper to make polluters pay and pointing out the error of his government’s “fuelish” . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadian Government Reminded To Stop Their “Fuelish” Ways

DeSmogBlog: U.S. 2020 climate treaty proposal isn’t a delay—it’s a death sentence

Ed note: Originally published by our friends at Grist.org.

by Jamie Henn of 350.org   The U.N. climate talks desperately need a crisis. For the last 10 days, negotiations here in Durban, South Africa, have made little progress on the fundamental challenge these talks were set up to confront: how the world can come together to avoid . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: U.S. 2020 climate treaty proposal isn’t a delay—it’s a death sentence

the reeves report: Environment Minister Peter Kent tells Durban that Canada will not renew Kyoto

An environmental protester at the Durban Conference mocks Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

According to CJOB in Manitoba, Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent has informed delegates at the Durban climate talks in South Africa that Canada will not renew its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol that would run from 2013 to 2017.

The . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Environment Minister Peter Kent tells Durban that Canada will not renew Kyoto

DeSmogBlog: New Franke James Video: Give Harper the Call

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Even as the Harper government works overtime to represent the oil industry (and humiliate Canadians) at climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the tireless and ridiculously optimistic Franke James tries again to make her point: that tying the Canadian economy – and the world's future – to dirty oil is "fuelish."

Click . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: New Franke James Video: Give Harper the Call