Monday, November 18, 2013

  • Global Voices from Africa to the Philippines Demand Climate Justice at U.N. Summit in Warsaw

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    We are broadcasting from Warsaw, Poland, where the U.N. climate summit, known as COP 19, has just entered its second week. On Saturday, thousands of protesters marched in Warsaw calling for climate justice, culminating in a rally outside the National Stadium where the climate summit is taking place. Speakers from all over the world addressed the crowd, urging world leaders to take action on global warming, including climate activists from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, and organizers of a chartered train that brought more than 700 people from Belgium, Britain and France to join the demonstration. Polish activists also spoke, including residents of the village of Zurawlow, where resistance to fracking is growing despite massive shale gas concessions.

  • Partnering With Polluters? U.N. Climate Summit Criticized for Sponsorships by Fossil Fuel Companies

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    Organizers of the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, are facing criticism for accepting corporate sponsorships from major car manufacturers, oil companies, steel manufacturers and coal firms. Meanwhile, the Polish Ministry of Economy has teamed up with the World Coal Association to put on a parallel "International Coal & Climate Summit," also in Warsaw. We speak to Pascoe Sabido of the Corporate Europe Observatory, who has just published the booklet, "The COP 19 Guide to Corporate Lobbying: Climate Crooks and the Polish Government’s Partners in Crime."

  • 2 Months After Russia’s Jailing of Arctic 30, Greenpeace Urges Their Release at Warsaw Summit

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    The "Arctic 30" are back in court today in Russia where they have been held for two months after being detained in a direct action against Russia’s first Arctic offshore oil rig. State prosecutors have asked Russian judges to extend the detention of the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists by three more months, saying they could flee the country if they were released on bail. As hundreds of cities took part in a global day action for the Arctic 30 on Saturday, Greenpeace activists spoke out for their colleagues during a large climate justice rally in Warsaw, Poland — outside the U.N. Climate Change Conference.

  • After Typhoon Haiyan’s Devastation, Filipino Calls for Climate Action Take On New Urgency

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    Ten days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the United Nations says some four million people have been displaced, up from 900,000 last week. The toll of the dead or missing stands at around 5,000. The massive typhoon has cast a dark cloud over the U.N. climate summit in Poland, with Filipinos and other climate change activists from around the world demanding concrete action on global warming. We’re joined by Gerry Arances, national coordinator of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, who is attending the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland.

  • Polish Gov’t Draws Heat for Embracing Dirty Coal as it Hosts U.N. Climate Summit

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    As it plays host to the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, the Polish government has released a report saying coal will remain the country’s best energy option up to 2060. The nation is also hosting a parallel coal summit in Warsaw organized by the World Coal Association and Poland’s Economy Ministry. Conference organizers have billed it as "the coal industry’s most important event of the year." Poland is one of the world’s largest coal producers, fueling more than 88 percent of the country’s electricity. This was on the mind of many residents who came from Warsaw, Krakow and beyond to join in Saturday’s March for Climate and Social Justice. Democracy Now!’s Renée Feltz speaks to them about their climate concerns.