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Democracy Now! at the UN Climate Summits

Democracy Now! has been on the ground to cover every United Nations Climate Change Summit since 2009 in Copenhagen, including the 2010 Summit in Cancún, the 2011 Summit in Durban, and the 2012 Summit in Doha, as well as related meetings like the 2010 World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change in Bolivia, and the 2012 Rio+20 Earth Summit. This year’s conference — known as COP 19 — takes place in Warsaw, Poland. See our coverage of COP19’s official proceedings, as well as the events outside the conference.

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  • Somalia3
    As we wrap our week of coverage at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland, we discuss Africa’s climate crisis with two guests from the continent: Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, former chair...
    Nov 22, 2013 | Story
  • Mary_ann_lucille
    As aid workers in the Philippines continue to dig mass graves amidst the search for possible survivors after Typhoon Haiyan, the executive director of the Philippines Climate Change...
    Nov 20, 2013 | Story
  • Refinery
    As delegates to the U.N. climate summit debate over how to meet a pledge to provide $100 billion a year in climate aid by 2020, critics note industrialized countries spend more than five...
    Nov 20, 2013 | Story
  • Ban_ki-moon2
    During a press conference, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman questioned U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about whether he would consider banning fossil fuel industry lobbyists from U.N. climate meetings in the same way the World Health Organization has banned tobacco lobbyists from meetings on tobacco regulation. Ban responded: "We need to engage all areas of industry and society in the transition to a low-carbon future, including...
    Nov 20, 2013 | Story
  • Claudia
    A group of 133 developing nations have walked out of a key part of the climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, amidst a conflict over how countries who have historically emitted the most greenhouse gases should be held financially responsible for some of the damage caused by extreme weather in nations with low carbon emissions. The United States, Australia, Canada and other industrialized countries are pushing for the issue — known as loss and...
    Nov 20, 2013 | Story
  • Nitin
    Newly leaked documents have revealed how U.S. negotiators at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw are opposing efforts to help developing countries adapt to climate change. According to an internal U.S. briefing memo seen by Democracy Now!, the U.S. delegation is worried the talks in Warsaw will "focus increasingly on blame and liability" and that poor nations will be "seeking redress for climate damages from sea level rise,...
    Nov 19, 2013 | Story
  • Banner
    After the Philippines lead climate negotiator, Naderev "Yeb" Saño, delivered an emotional speech to delegates at the U.N. climate summit, he was greeted by youth activists who held up a banner that read, "2012 Bopha 1,067; 2013 Haiyan 10,000+?" As a result, they were banned from the climate conference for their action. We speak with one of of the activists, 23-year-old Clémence Hutin from Push Europe, and get Saño’s...
    Nov 19, 2013 | Story
  • Yeb
    At the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland, the lead negotiator for the Philippines, Naderev "Yeb" Saño, joins us minutes after he and climate activists delivered a petition signed by some 590,000 people from around the world demanding urgent and bolder action to tackle climate change. Last week’s massive typhoon in the Philippines has cast a cloud over the summit. The official death toll from the typhoon has risen to more...
    Nov 19, 2013 | Story
  • Climatemarch2
    See some of the people who came from around the world to demand climate justice as delegates meet for the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 18, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Free_the_arctic_30
    A Russian court has granted bail to nine more people detained in a Greenpeace action against Russian oil drilling in the Arctic. They are among 28 activists and two journalists who have been jailed for two months. "With 30 of my colleagues facing as much as seven years in prison in Russia for a peaceful action to protest arctic oil drilling, and are being accused of hooligans, let’s be very clear: The real hooligans are those CEOs...
    Nov 20, 2013 | Story
  • Saleemul_huq_
    Saleemul Huq, a Bangladeshi-born scientist with International Institute for Environment and Development, discusses what he calls the key issue at the Warsaw climate summit: With talks on emissions cuts delayed until 2015, poor nations are seeking funding for the "loss and damage" that global warming has already caused. An impasse over the issue prompted a walkout by 133 developing nations and China at the talks earlier today....
    Nov 20, 2013 | Story
  • Convergence3
    Activists from around the world have been meeting in a convergence center in downtown Warsaw, holding their own meetings to strategize about how to address climate change. Many of them also attended the U.N. climate summit, but walked out in frustration for the first time in 19 years on Thursday. Democracy Now!’s Amy Littlefield and Hany Massoud visited the activist center to file this report. "This has been a beautiful, valuable...
    Nov 22, 2013 | Story
  • Pollution
    One of the core solutions to reducing climate change proposed in the Kyoto Protocol has resurfaced at the latest U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland — the creation of a carbon market. However, climate activists here say it is a "false solution" pushed by bankers and bureaucrats. We speak with South African activist and professor Patrick Bond, who says negotiators should instead emphasize cutting emissions and paying climate...
    Nov 22, 2013 | Story
  • Marianosman2
    Just before we went to air today, Somali youth climate activist Marian Osman addressed the main plenary at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. "There’s a Somali proverb that goes: 'A mere finger can't obscure the sun,’" Osman said. "You cannot hide the truth by deception. As any one of the thousands whom are in need in Somalia and the Philippines this week could tell you, no amount of political stalling...
    Nov 22, 2013 | Story
  • Flood-india
    Negotiations at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland, have entered their final scheduled day, but deep divisions remain between rich and poor nations. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries have been meeting for the past two weeks trying to lay the foundation for a new global climate treaty to be agreed at talks scheduled in Paris in two years. On Thursday, more than 800 members of various environmental groups staged an unprecedented walk...
    Nov 22, 2013 | Story
  • Walkout2
    "We’re not abandoning the U.N., we’re just abandoning this COP, because it’s just gotten so bad," says Anjali Appadurai, a youth climate activist working with the environmental groups who backed a walkout of the talks today at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw, Poland. Hundreds of people abandoned the negotiations, citing a lack of progress over the past 10 days. Among the organizations supporting the effort were...
    Nov 21, 2013 | Story
  • Dr
    A pair of climate scientists are calling for what some may view as a shocking solution to the global warming crisis: a rethinking of the economic order in the United States and other industrialized nations. Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows-Larkin of the influential Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in England say many of the solutions proposed by world leaders to prevent "runaway global warming" will not be enough to address...
    Nov 21, 2013 | Story
  • Kumi2
    After more than two months in detention, five members of the Arctic 30 are now free on bail in Russia. The group of 28 activists and two journalists were detained following an attempt to board Russia’s first offshore oil rig. We discuss the case with Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, who says their fate remains uncertain as they continue to face charges of "hooliganism" that carry a maximum prison term of seven years.
    Nov 21, 2013 | Story
  • Kumi
    As we began our show, hundreds of environmental activists walked out of the U.N. climate change summit in Warsaw, Poland, today over the absence of a binding agreement on curbing global warming. The move comes less than 36 hours after a group of 133 developing nations walked out of a key negotiating meeting amidst a conflict over how countries who have historically emitted the most greenhouse gases should be held financially responsible for...
    Nov 21, 2013 | Story
  • Protestintv1
    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...
    Nov 18, 2013 | Story