Cancún Climate Summit Topics

Democracy Now! broadcasts live from inside the U.N. Climate Change Conference and from outside in the streets and activist centers in Cancún, Mexico. For complete coverage of global warming and climate justice issues, visit: http://www.democracynow.org/tags/climate_change.

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  • Unsilence
    Amy Goodman reports from the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico, where the media center is eerily quiet. At last year’s climate meeting in Copenhagen, the room was buzzing with thousands of reporters. However, today climate change seems to be a forgotten story. Democracy Now! reviewed the transcripts of last week’s evening news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC in the United States. The Cancún talks were not mentioned a single...
    Dec 06, 2010 | Story
  • Solon1
    Secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks have revealed new details about how the United States manipulated last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen. The cables show how the United States sought dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming, how financial and other aid was used to gain political backing, and how the United States mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the...
    Dec 06, 2010 | Story
  • Robinson
    Former Irish President Mary Robinson was in Cancún this weekend for the U.N. Climate Change Conference. Robinson talked about the need for a global climate fund that will help poor people protect themselves from the growing threats of global warming. Robinson is the honorary president of Oxfam International. She recently launched the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 06, 2010 | Story
  • Via-campesina
    While climate negotiators, NGOs and delegates gather at the walled-off U.N. Climate Change Conference at the plush Moon Palace Hotel in Cancún, Mexico, those who were not invited have organized their own meetings. The international small farmers movement La Via Campesina and other grassroots organizations are holding the alternative Global Forum for Life and Environmental and Social Justice, with participants attending from across Latin...
    Dec 06, 2010 | Story
  • Salerno
    After one week, the fate of negotiations at the U.N. Climate Change Conference remains uncertain. At the center of the debate is the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the only treaty that binds almost 40 rich nations to cut their greenhouse gases until 2012. Last week, Japan said it would oppose extending Kyoto unless the U.S. and China also sign on. The United States has long been criticized for never having ratified Kyoto despite being...
    Dec 06, 2010 | Story
  • Mckibben
    McKibben is the founder of 350.org and the winner of the 2010 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Democracy Now! caught up with him at the Cancún Climate Conference over the weekend. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 06, 2010 | Web Exclusive
  • Barlow
    Maude Barlow is an author, activist, and the former senior adviser on water to the United Nations. She is in Cancún to speak with other civil society organizations about the relationship between water and climate change and the need for climate justice. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 06, 2010 | Web Exclusive
  • John-vidal
    John Vidal, the environment editor for The Guardian of London, is in Cancún after reporting on the Copenhagen summit a year ago. The Guardian is one the five news outlets to receive the massive trove of WikiLeaks cables ahead of time and has been publishing new revelations every day. We speak to Vidal about the latest diplomatic cables on the U.S. manipulation of the climate talks. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 07, 2010 | Story
  • Wxmckibben
    Longtime environmental writer and activist and 350.org founder Bill McKibben has won the 2010 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Speaking outside the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún, McKibben says, "In certain ways, [a U.S. walkout] would be the best thing that could happen. For 15 years ... the U.S. comes and says, weaken the agreement so we can get Congress to go along. Then Congress doesn’t agree anyway....
    Dec 07, 2010 | Story
  • Hedegaard
    WikiLeaks is a hot topic at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancún after secret diplomatic cables revealed new details about how the United States manipulated last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen. The Guardian newspaper reported the cables provide evidence that spying, threats and promises of aid formed part of a U.S. diplomatic offensive to shore up the controversial Copenhagen Accord. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman questions...
    Dec 07, 2010 | Story