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For years, Democracy Now! has closely followed the issues of global warming and climate change. We reported live from the recent U.N. Climate Change Conferences in Warsaw, Doha, Durban, Cancún, and Copenhagen. In addition, we attended the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia in 2010. We have interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, writers, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics who focus on these issues. We also continue to follow the local and global environmental movements who are organizing to directly confront the root causes of global warming, advocate for climate justice, and to provide sustainable alternatives.

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  • Doha_guests
    We broadcast from the United Nations climate change talks in Doha, Qatar, where expectations for a binding agreement on limiting greenhouse gases are low despite global emissions at a record high. The two-week conference comes at the end of the last year that the binding emissions cuts agreed to under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol are in effect. Despite the Kyoto Protocol, a new scientific report out Sunday found global emissions of carbon dioxide reached...
    Dec 03, 2012 | Story
  • Youth_movement
    On Saturday, the newly formed Arab Youth Climate Movement organized the first-ever climate march in Qatar, host of the U.N. climate change summit. Hundreds of people took part in the permitted march in downtown Doha calling on negotiators to take action at this year’s climate summit. The protest was organized by a coalition of young environmentalists. Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke spoke to some of the marchers. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 03, 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...
    Dec 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 Change...
    Dec 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...
    Dec 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...
    Dec 04, 2012 | Story
  • Oil_production
    A new report by Oil Change International has found wealthy nations are spending five times more money on fossil fuel subsidies than climate aid. In 2011, rich nations spent $58 billion on subsidies and just $11 billion for climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. According to the study, the United States spent $13 billion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2011 and just $2.5 billion in climate aid. We’re joined by David Turnbull,...
    Dec 04, 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 Martin...
    Dec 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]
    Dec 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 pipeline,...
    Dec 05, 2012 | Story