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World leaders will discuss the threat to the planet posed by global warming at the UN's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from 7-18 December. What are the dangers? And what could the solutions be? RFI's journalists visit affected areas, talk to experts and report from the summit.



Copenhagen Climate Change - report

Delegates embrace as the COP15 "takes note" of the Copenhagen accord(Photo: Reuters)

Agreement leaves key questions unanswered

The international Climate Change Coference has failed to live up to the hopes placed in it, ending by taking note of an accord, which leaves important questions unanswered. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon tried to rally sagging morale at the end by declaring "All is not lost!".

2009-12-26 15:59 TU

Copenhagen Climate Conference - accord noted

A French delegate sleeps during all-night discussions at Copenhagen(Photo: Reuters)

Climate conference notes deal amid poor nation anger

Delegates at the Copenhagen Climate Conference have agreed to "take note" of an overnight agreement by the US, China and about 20 other countries. Poor nations and green campaigners slammed the so-called "Copenhagen accord" as inadequate on Saturday and debate dragged on long after the summit was supposed to have ended.

2009-12-19 12:06 TU

Climate Change Conference - arrests and divisions

Demonstrators at the conference on Wednesday(Photo: Rosslyn Hyams)

Police arrest protesters as conference divisions continue

Police arrested hundreds of protesters outside the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday, as divisions between those taking part persist.

2009-12-16 15:29 TU

Conference news

Climate Change Conference - final negotiations

US President Barack Obama addressing the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen(Photo: Reuters)

Time for talk is over, says Obama

US President Barack Obama addressed the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference on Friday. He said world leaders must compromise on a deal, adding that “the time for talk is over”.

2009-12-18 13:10 TU

Climate change conference - final negotiations

French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Copenhagen climate change conference on 17 December(Photo: Reuters)

Sarkozy says China climate progress must be monitored

French President Nicolas Sarkozy slammed emerging economies like China and India at the Copenhagen climate change summit on Friday. He said the deadlock must be broken and their progress towards meeting their commitments must be verified.

2009-12-18 13:05 TU

Climate change conference - final negotiations

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the media in Copenhagen on Thursday(Photo: Reuters)

Leaders arrive as countdown begins

Australia's Prime Minister says talks are moving at "a snail's pace" while the French President has called for world leaders to meet on Thursday night. Blame for lack of progress has been placed variously with richer countries, emerging economies and on the Danish organisers.

2009-12-27 13:23 TU

Climate Change Conference - protests

A police officer inspects belongings of two men in a street during the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen (Photo: Reuters)

Africans slam Zenawi-Sarkozy appeal

African NGOs at the Copenhagen Climate Conference say Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is selling out Africa after he backed a French call for a higher limit on global warming than previously demanded by poor couintries. At least 100 demonstrators were arrested in the Danish capital Wednesday.

2009-12-16 15:29 TU

UN Climate Change Conference

A poster in a Copenhagen metro station in honour of the UN Climate Change Conference.Photo: Reuters/Christian Charisius

Ministers fail to set figures on emissions cuts

The United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen was left deadlocked on Tuesday as a new draft text failed to set any specific targets for limiting global warming. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has warned that "time is running out" for world leaders to reach an agreement.

2009-12-15 16:33 TU

Climate Change Conference - walkout

A view of discussions during the alternative Klimaforum conference in Copenhagen, held in parallel alongside the official UN summit.Photo: Reuters/Christian Charisius

Copenhagen talks stall as developing countries walk out

Delegates from developing countries boycotted talks at the United Nations' Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Monday, demanding that greater attention be given to the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

2009-12-27 13:35 TU

Climate Change Conference - opening

An environmental activist anchors a balloon outside the congress centre in Copenhagen before the opening of the UN climate chaneg conference, 7 December 2009(Photo: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

Copenhagen conference opens, Africa wants strong commitments

Delegates opened the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen Monday. The 12-day talks aim to devise a new pact to curb global warming, to replace the Kyoto Protocol. African leaders are threatening to walk out if a two-track solution is not continued.

2009-12-07 10:36 TU

Climate Change Conference - arrests

Arrested demonstrators sit on the ground as they are surrounded by police (Photo: Reuters)

Nearly 1,000 arrested in Copenhagen

Danish police rounded up nearly 1,000 alleged troublemakers, as demonstrators marched through Copenhagen Saturday to call for an effective deal on global warming at the international Climate Change Conference. Environment ministers start a closed-door meeting Sunday.

2009-12-27 13:34 TU

Climate Change Conference - demonstrations

(Photo: Reuters)

Clashes in Copenhagen on global protest day

Demonsrators have clashed with police on the streets of Copenhagen as thousands rally to call for action on climate change. Asian cities started a day of global demonstrations for an effective agreement at the international Climate Change Conference.

2009-12-14 17:33 TU

Copenhagen conference - draft deal

A large globe in a square in Copenhagen(Photo: Reuters)

First draft on climate change unveiled

The first official draft for a climate change deal in Copenhagen has set targets limiting global warming to 1.5 to two degrees Celsius. Meanwhile European Union countries have promised 7.2 billion euros in climate change aid.

2009-12-11 12:48 TU

Climate change in the news

Copenhagen conference

De Boer says Kyoto Protocol must survive

2009-12-10 17:55 TU

Copenhagen Conference /DRC- logging

Deforestation a main topic in Copenhagen

2009-12-09 16:47 TU

Climate Change Conference - leak outcry

Leaked draft sparks developing countries' protest

2009-12-09 15:02 TU

France - Greenpeace activist

Police remove Greenpeace activist from rail tracks

2009-12-07 10:35 TU

Flash Mob slideshow

Paris climate ultimatum - in pictures

2009-12-05 15:52 TU

Australia/Climate change

Senate kicks out climate change bill

2009-12-02 11:10 TU

Climate Change Conference - opening

Copenhagen conference opens, Africa wants strong commitments

2009-12-07 10:36 TU

Copenhagen Climate Conference - China/EU

Wen promises high output, low input

2009-11-30 14:48 TU

Commonwealth summit - Trinidad and Tobago

Climate deal in sight ahead of Copenhagen: UN chief

2009-11-28 14:30 TU

Commonwealth summit - Trinidad & Tobago

Sarkozy talks climate change with Commonwealth

2009-11-27 15:17 TU

UN - climate change

World leaders tailor climate expectations after talks

2009-11-17 15:53 TU


Obama says better relations possible

2009-11-16 17:08 TU

Apec summit

Leaders to fix world economy

2009-11-15 14:26 TU

Africa / China - fourth ministerial conference

China pledges 10 billion dollars of loans to Africa

2009-11-08 17:07 TU

European Union

Summit sticks to climate goals, despite financial crisis

2008-10-17 09:29 TU


China, Japan and South Korea say they will make Copenhagen a success

2009-10-10 14:05 TU


Dust storm blankets Sydney

2009-09-23 12:56 TU


World's first floating wind turbine

2009-09-08 14:39 TU

Energy/Economic crisis

Shell warns of job cuts as profits plummet

2009-07-30 13:28 TU

Indonesia - Ocean Summit

Protestors make presence felt at World Ocean conference

2009-05-11 13:46 TU

Brazil/UK waste row

Hundreds of tonnes of British waste dumped in Brazil, says government

2009-07-31 17:57 TU


Protesters arrested at World Water Forum in Istanbul

2009-03-17 16:57 TU

What about the ecological crisis?

2008-11-01 15:21 TU

The cost of environmental destruction

2008-10-28 14:22 TU

European Union

EU Climate change plan on the ropes

2008-10-15 14:11 TU