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Water and Climate Connection -- Will It Make the COP-16 Negotiating Texts in Cancun?

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

Higher Water Prices Needed Globally, OECD Says

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A report from 30 of the richest countries in the world says raising water rates will help protect and maintain the precious resource for the future.

The Struggle for Indigenous and Freshwater Rights at Copenhagen and Beyond

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For two weeks in Copenhagen last month climate negotiators debated carbon levels, emissions, and balancing the financial burden of saving the planet among developed and developing countries. Still, even as international leaders wrestled with the complex mix of geopolitics, science, economics, and diplomacy, another important ingredient in the climate crisis was barely mentioned: the effect of the warming planet on the Earth's freshwater.

Freshwater Crisis Not Included in Final Copenhagen Accord Despite Calls For Action

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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.

Climate Deal Not Accepted By All, But Copenhagen Conference Makes It "Operational"

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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.

Late Night Deal At Copenhagen Conference Seen As First Step

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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.

Analysis: U.S. Senator Inhofe's Denier Rhetoric Not Heard in Copenhagen

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The Obama administration revealed more commitments for climate action even as a U.S. naysayers, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, touched down for a few hours in Copenhagen to deny that a problem existed at all.

Analysis: Obama Takes Copenhagen Stage While Palin Sits on Thinning Ice

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Steve Solomon, author of the forthcoming WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, pens a guest editorial for Circle of Blue that examines water's integral role as a planetary climate regulator.
Video: The Future of Wind Power

Video: The Future of Wind Power

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Denmark has pioneered wind power for commercial use over the last three decades -- today the European country produces almost half of the world's wind turbines.
Bill McKibben & President Mohamed Nasheed

Video: Bill McKibben & President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives in Copenhagen

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

U.S. Media Tarnishes Message of Copenhagen Climate Change Protest

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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.

Final Week of Copenhagen, the Last Act of Negotiations Remains Unclear

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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.