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Democracy Now! has long covered the issue of climate change. We reported from the U.N. Climate Change Conferences in Warsaw, Doha, Durban, Cancún, and Copenhagen, and from the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia. We’ve interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, writers, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics on the issue. We continue to follow the environmental movements to directly confront the root causes of global warming, and to advocate for climate justice, and sustainable alternatives.

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  • Obama_sandy3
    Most major issues remain unresolved at the U.N. climate summit in Doha as negotiators enter the final stretch of the two-week summit. While the Doha talks involve nations working toward a pact to limit greenhouse gases starting in 2020, many say the world cannot wait that long. The United States has come under intense criticism at the summit from environmentalists and smaller nations who say President Obama has failed to meet his stated...
    December 06, 2012 | Story
  • Save
    Broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Doha, we look at how young activists are loudly and unequivocally calling for drastic action to stop climate change. Youth delegates from around the world are urging the United States and other wealthy nations to deeply cut greenhouse gas emissions and compensate poorer nations for loss and damage from weather events caused by climate change. We’re joined by three guests: Amanda Nesheiwat, a...
    December 06, 2012 | Story
  • Guests
    At the U.N. climate talks in Doha, developing nations are accusing the United States and other wealthy nations of not sufficiently pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions and failing to pay poorer nations for loss and damage from weather events caused by climate change. We’re joined in Doha by Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles ambassador for climate change and representative of the Alliance of Small Island States. We’re also joined by...
    December 05, 2012 | Story
  • Anjali
    A year after calling on world leaders to do more to save the planet at the COP17 in Durban, 22-year-old college student Anjali Appadurai is in Doha to continue her advocacy for climate justice. After initially being denied entry to the Doha climate summit’s first week, Appadurai is attending the conference to represent again the voices of youth activists worldwide as part of the group Earth in Brackets. [includes rush transcript]
    December 05, 2012 | Story
  • Koch_brothers
    The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are known for funneling vast donations into Republican campaigns in the United States. But what impact are the Koch brothers having on global warming? As the United States is accused of blocking progress at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, a new report says the Koch brothers may be the biggest force behind the climate stalemate. The Kochs run oil refineries and control thousands of miles of...
    December 05, 2012 | Story
  • Pershing
    In a rare media appearance at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, U.S. climate negotiator Jonathan Pershing is questioned by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about the United States’ failure to do more to cut emissions and to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. Meanwhile, U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern has held just one press conference here in Doha. He was scheduled to hold another one today, but if you look at today’s...
    December 05, 2012 | Story
  • Mary-robinson
    We’re joined at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha by Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and former U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Today Robinson heads the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. "I believe that this is the...
    December 04, 2012 | Story
  • Typhoon_yeb_sano
    A deadly typhoon in the Philippines has killed at least 40 people and displaced thousands of others. Typhoon Bopha is the most southerly typhoon ever recorded in the western Pacific and the strongest to hit the Philippines this year. We’re joined from the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Qatar by Naderev "Yeb" Saño, the lead negotiator for the Philippines delegation in Doha and the commissioner of the Philippines Climate...
    December 04, 2012 | Story
  • Drought
    A shocking new report commissioned by the World Bank is warning temperatures could rise by 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, causing devastating food shortages, rising sea levels, cyclones and drought — even if countries meet their current pledges to reduce emissions. If these promises are not met, the increase could happen even sooner. Meanwhile, scientists say it is still not too late to minimize the...
    December 04, 2012 | Story
  • Todd_stern
    President Obama’s re-election to a second term has fueled hopes across the world of a concerted U.S. effort to address global warming. But so far even the devastation of Superstorm Sandy does not appear to have shifted the Obama administration’s stance opposing binding emission targets. On Monday, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern took questions for the first time from reporters at the U.N. Climate Change Conference...
    December 04, 2012 | Story