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Durban Climate Summit - all the latest

BusinessGreen runs down all the breaking news, analysis, and opinion from the negotiations in Durban

The Durban Climate Summit will see ministers and diplomats from almost 200 countries gather to try and deliver progress towards an international climate change deal.

BusinessGreen reports on all the latest developments from the two week summit and offers the latest analysis and reaction from the green business community.

Success in Durban can not disguise need for climate adaptation

DNV Sustainability and Innovation chief operating officer Bjorn Haugland

DNV's Bjørn Kj. Haugland makes the case for a risk-based framework for tackling unavoidable climate risks

28 Dec 2011

The Durban Deal was done, but what next?

James Murray is the editor of BusinessGreen

James Murray runs down the scenarios businesses face as a result of Durban Agreement

20 Dec 2011

Huhne defends "substantial step forward" at Durban

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Energy and Climate Change Secretary tells MPs agreement is an important "stepping stone" to a global legally binding deal

14 Dec 2011

Durban Summit – success or failure?

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James Murray weighs up what the opposing reactions to the Durban Summit mean for green firms

12 Dec 2011

Businesses hail 'great result' at Durban Summit

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Agreement broadly welcomed, but business leaders warn there is a long way to go to deliver sufficiently ambitious treaty

12 Dec 2011

Durban summit set to reshape climate financing

The skyline in Durban in South Africa

Support for $100bn Green Climate Fund will help overhaul the UN's carbon market and financing for forestry projects

12 Dec 2011

Durban delivers "historic" last-gasp climate deal

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Early hours deal promises roadmap to legal agreement, formation of Green Fund, and extension of Kyoto Protocol

11 Dec 2011

Durban Summit heads into over time

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Deal still hangs in the balance as negotiations on crucial second text continue

10 Dec 2011

Draft Durban text sets out roadmap towards “legal framework”

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Text leaked to Guardian reveals last ditch efforts to broker deal

09 Dec 2011

Pressure mounts on US, India and China as Durban Summit prepares for long night

Climate Action Network fossil of the day awards

Stand-off continues as diplomats prepare to extend summit into Saturday

09 Dec 2011

Durban blog: Fossil of the day

Climate Action Network fossil of the day awards

Jane Burston sees the UK scoop an unwanted gong for its support of Canadian oil sands

09 Dec 2011

Durban: What is so special about 2015?

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The proposal to agree a climate deal by 2015 suggests politicians understand we're on the verge of a clean technology breakthrough

09 Dec 2011

Updated: Durban close to breakthrough climate deal

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Observers report deal on Green Fund close to being signed off, as minister edge towards agreement on new roadmap

08 Dec 2011

US insists it supports EU calls for climate treaty roadmap

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US official: "It is completely off base to suggest the US is proposing it will delay action to 2020"

08 Dec 2011

Durban blog: EU gunning for Kyoto extension

Durban in South Africa at night

Jane Burston hears Chris Huhne reiterate there will second Kyoto period without a roadmap to a legally-binding deal in 2015

08 Dec 2011

Durban: Can a climate deal work if it is not global?

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The deadlock in Durban raises the prospect of a two tier response to climate change

08 Dec 2011

Lord Stern: rich nations should stop subsidising fossil fuel industry

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Rich economies disadvantage green economy by giving tax breaks, loans and other subsidies to the fossil fuel industry

08 Dec 2011

South Africa green lights 1.4GW of new wind and solar power projects

The beach in Durban in South Africa

Mainstream Renewable Power group wins three bids representing £400m investment

08 Dec 2011

Reports: India rejects EU climate deal roadmap

Durban in South Africa at night

Emerging economies insist industrialised nations must extend Kyoto Protocol and step up climate aid before talks can begin on parallel treaty

07 Dec 2011

Business schizophrenia in Durban

Bruno Berthon of Accenture

Bruno Berthon of Accenture warns that a vocal minority of conservative businesses could undermine low-carbon progress

07 Dec 2011

Huhne hearts KP

Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne puts on an I Heart Kyoto Protocol tie

07 Dec 2011

UN: IT must play crucial role in climate adaptation

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UN official claims businesses and governments know technology can reduce emissions but only if they embrace innovative thinking

07 Dec 2011

Durban blog: UK punches above its weight in climate talks

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Jane Burston finds reports of the UK's declining voice have been exaggerated

06 Dec 2011

Ban Ki-moon demands 'real progress' towards Durban climate deal

The beach in Durban in South Africa

UN Secretary-General says ministers must be realistic over prospects of a deal, while still delivering progress towards new treaty

06 Dec 2011

Durban negotiators plan to tap shipping for $100bn climate fund

Shipping containers at a sea port (Photo Diego Cervo-iStock)

Draft document floats proposal for shipping carbon levy to help finance Green Climate Fund

06 Dec 2011

UK allocates over £1bn of climate aid

Parched soil by the White Nile in Khartoum Sudan

Chris Huhne announces UK is on schedule to deliver £1.5bn funding by end of 2012 to help poor countries deal with climate change

06 Dec 2011

Canada reiterates it will withdraw from Kyoto, as China breathes fresh hope into talks

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Environment minister confirms country will leave the Kyoto Protocol next year

05 Dec 2011

Durban inches towards deal to drive CCS investment

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Industry expert predicts deal to include CCS in carbon offset scheme is 90 per cent likely

05 Dec 2011

Updated: Met Office report warns of soaring climate risks

Parched soil by the White Nile in Khartoum Sudan

Country-level study details how 24 nations are facing potential climatic disruption

05 Dec 2011

Report: Industrial emissions rise after recessionary blip

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Scientists reveal carbon emissions have risen for second successive year as emerging economies lead economic recovery

05 Dec 2011

India and US accused of blocking roadmap for Durban deal

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EU secures support from developing country for new plan that would see parallel treaty run alongside Kyoto

05 Dec 2011

Durban blog: Climate protesters and global businesses share the same enemy

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Jane Burston reports on the protests and negotiating gambits as the second week of talks kicks off

05 Dec 2011

Geoengineering techniques need more study, says science coalition

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The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative says geoengineering could be 'plan B' for climate change

02 Dec 2011

Durban blog: So many issues, so little time

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Jane Burston hears UN climate chief Christiana Figueres bemoan how much needs to be achieved in a fortnight

02 Dec 2011

EU "toughens" Kyoto stance as US drags its heels over green fund

The beach in Durban in South Africa

Negotiators insist a binding deal must include developing countries, while reports suggest US may bail on $100bn climate fund

01 Dec 2011

What's hot and what's not from the COP

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Carbon Retirement's Jane Burston runs down the highs and lows of the Durban climate change summit so far

01 Dec 2011

Kyoto will emerge from Durban on life support, predicts green group

Night-time waterfront view of Durban in South Africa

China slams Canada for undermining global efforts against climate change following reports it will pull the plug on Kyoto

30 Nov 2011

COP 17 – National policies may turn out to be more effective

Night-time waterfront view of Durban in South Africa

30 Nov 2011

Qatar wins bid to host COP18

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Decision will also see South Korea host preparatory meeting

29 Nov 2011

Over 340 blue chips back 2°C Challenge Communiqué

The beach in Durban in South Africa

Shell, Diageo, Unilever and Tesco among host of big names calling on governments to deliver global climate change deal

01 Dec 2011

Durban blog: Fraud and the forests

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Jane Burston of Carbon Retirement hears how corruption is limiting forest protection and monitoring activities

29 Nov 2011

Will Canada pull out of Kyoto before Christmas?

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Environment minister Peter Kent refuses to confirm or deny country’s position on global emissions treaty

29 Nov 2011

Progress on global shipping deal 'vital' at Durban

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Oxfam, WWF and the International Chamber of Shipping call on COP 17 to put sector on path to agreeing market-based mechanism for tackling emissions

29 Nov 2011

Durban blog: Climate talks kick off in Durban

The skyline in Durban in South Africa

Jane Burston of Carbon Retirement outlines the key issues at the start of the two-week climate negotiations

28 Nov 2011

Where are the new Mandelas when the climate needs them?

Nelson Mandela in 2008 (Photo - SA The Good News)

The Durban climate talks are closer to a breakthrough than most people think - all we need is strong leaders

28 Nov 2011

Figueres: 'Alarm bells' sound on climate deal

Durban in South Africa at night

UN climate chief quotes Nelson Mandela in opening address: "It always seems impossible until it is done"

28 Nov 2011

Will rich nations 'bully' poorer countries in Durban?

Ed Miliband

New report accuses developed countries of using divide-and-rule tactics as part of international climate talks

28 Nov 2011

UN suspends coal-derived carbon credits

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Move prompts call for European ban, as Clean Development Mechanism also adopts new validation procedures and rules for HFC credits

28 Nov 2011

Is the Durban Summit deadlocked before it has even begun?

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US and Saudi negotiators fail to adopt framework for $100bn Green Climate Fund, one of the few areas of prior agreement

28 Nov 2011

Durban can help technology control climate change

Chris Peddie-Burch of SFW

Chris Peddie-Burch of SFW says the IT sector is looking to Durban for agreement on emissions measurement and reporting

28 Nov 2011

Huhne calls for global emissions deal by 2015

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Durban must provide business with sufficient clarity to invest in green technologies, says energy secretary

24 Nov 2011

China sets out demands for “tangible results” at Durban Summit

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As developed nations move to delay new treaty, China steps up demands for real progress in Durban

22 Nov 2011

Will agriculture be incorporated into Durban's climate change text?

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South African President expected to lead efforts to restore agricultural adaptation and mitigation in United Nations negotiations

22 Nov 2011

South African president challenges leaders to make Durban a success

South Africa president Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma says COP17 must establish $100bn Green Climate Fund and determine future of Kyoto Protocol

21 Nov 2011

Ban calls for climate fund to be finalised at Durban

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon speaking at the World Business Summit on Climate Change

UN secretary general expects Kyoto compromise at forthcoming climate summit

16 Nov 2011

Durban diplomats jostle for position ahead of crucial summit

Leaders applaud at the Cancun Summit in Mexico

China outlines plan for developed nations to formalise emissions goals, as South Africa downplays chances of breakthrough

28 Oct 2011

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