Durban Climate Change Conference (Photo: United Nations)
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the nations of the world are struggling to address a problem that’s racing far ahead of our response so far. The UN process remains gridlocked on the big issue of hard commitments from major polluters like the US and China to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
But incremental progress may yet be made in Durban.
This week The World presents on-the-ground coverage of the conference as well as updates on some of the latest climate science and a special report from the Maldives, one of the countries most imminently threatened by rising sea levels.
Even in the Maldives, Climate Change Seems a Remote Threat for Many
Sunset at Guraidhoo, Maldives (Photo: Lily Jamali)
The Maldives is one of the countries most imminently threatened by rising seas from climate change. But as Lily Jamali reports, even many people in the tiny Indian Ocean nation don’t sense a real threat to their lives and livelihoods. Read more …
Sea Levels May Rise Faster Than Expected
Emperor Penguins adults with chicks. (Photo: Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA)
Climate scientists say that as the world is warming up, polar ice is melting a lot faster than expected. Read more …
Climate Change Talks in South Africa
The UN climate change conference is in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011. (Photo: Cien)
International climate change negotiators are back at it his week in Durban, South Africa. Negotiators are scrambling to make significant progress in a process that seems to have fallen far behind the urgency of the the problem. Read more …
Climate Talks Face Stalemate
Host Marco Werman speaks with climate policy expert Kelly Sims Gallagher about the stalemate in the UN climate negotiations. Gallagher says it’s time for the US and China to step outside the UN process and try to reach a grand bargain on climate and other issues. Read more …