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National delegations, in addition to interest groups, are pushing water higher on the climate agenda

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The current climate accord negotiated at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen is dangerously inadequate, asserted a team of international environmental organizations. During a talk at the Bella Center, where the climate conference was held, the Global Water Partnership, Global Public Policy Network on Water Management, Stockholm International Water Institute, and the Stakeholder Forum teamed up to warn that stakeholders were about to make a dangerous mistake – not mentioning the freshwater crisis at all in the historic negotiating text.

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COPENHAGEN—Seven countries, led by the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, this morning declined to accept the Copenhagen Accord that was reached late last night.

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As the Copenhagen conference comes to a close, U.S. President Barack Obama announces climate deal while Sudanese leader Lumumba Di-Aping says developing nations should block the agreement.

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Bill McKibben & President Mohamed Nasheed

South Asian paradise Maldives is one of the main countries most immediately threatened by the effects of climate change.

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Circle of Blue’s Aubrey Ann Parker reports on-the-ground from the Global Day of Action and reveals the truth behind sensational headlines that played up police arrests in Copenhagen.

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Like all spellbinding human dramas the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which today entered its second and last week, represents the accumulated chapters of an urgent script – the fate of the planet.

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Video: Kumi Naidoo on Global Day of Climate Action

Interview with Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director Greenpeace International.

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Video: Behind the Scenes with Greenpeace in Copenhagen

December 12 marked a global day of action where tens of thousands of activists raised their voices to the ears of negotiators who are in the midst of climate talks. Circle of Blue goes behind the scenes of Greenpeace’s preparations for the massive rally that claimed the streets of Copenhagen Saturday.

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EPA Chief says the agency has been fighting to make up for lost time on its climate change policies. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruling that greenhouse gases pose a public health threat has set the stage for new emission regulations while setting off a battle in Congress and howls of protest from industry groups.

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Video: The World in a Giant Globe in Copenhagen

With a screen size over fifteen times bigger than the largest IMAX screens, the 20 meter media globe in Copenhagen City Hall square during COP15 is an impressive and effective way to broadcast climate related information.

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Our second installment of COP15 coverage reflects on the overdue, yet changing tide of American climate policy.

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Circle of Blue’s senior editor, Keith Schnieder, starts his Copenhagen coverage revealing the real value of the climate email controversy.

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Water policy and energy policy must be integrated, according to the International Water Association

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The World Summit on Food Security was a forum for raising awareness and encouraging international action, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, at the end of the event.

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Farmers are hurt by erratic water supplies and underinvestment, according to summit speakers. Leaders weigh in on global agricultural investment during opening remarks of the FAO summit in Rome.

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A new IEA study reveals the costly consequences of increasing current energy consumption patterns and calls for swifter policy action.

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refugee-290New report paints the human race’s picture as grim and unstable if more action isn’t taken against climate change to protect the “building blocks” of large populations.

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It’s been 30 years since scientists first gained a clear understanding of the dangerous consequences of continuously adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This week during the five days of negotiations in Barcelona the world learned again that the formula for solving global warming is a diplomatic chemistry problem that still defies a solution.

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Circle of Blue’s senior editor, Keith Schneider, lays the backdrop for the climate negotiations, highlighting the United States’ shortfalls.

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