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What Actually Happened At Cancun Climate Summit?

12/16/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Representatives from nearly 200 nations spent nearly two weeks at a United Nations climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, seeking a new agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They finished last Friday with one concrete result: they will meet again next December in Durban, South Africa.

The Cancun conference was supposed to make progress toward a new emissions treaty with targets to be enforced by international treaty on all nations.

This treaty was supposed to replace the 1997 K...

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At climate talks, the US has issues and Evo Morales calls inaction "Ecocide" listen

12/09/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The United Nations Climate Change Negotiations are in their final 48 hours in Cancun, Mexico. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin is there and reports that tracking down and speaking to the US delegation at the 192 country summit has been a bit of a challenge.

I’m in a building called Cancun Messe, here at the United Nations Climate Summit, a large convention room that acts as a security gateway to the place the actual negotiations on how to deal with climate change are taking place. That's at an ex...

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Grenada Prime Minister at climate talks: cut carbon emissions now! Darryl Hannah: enough talk! Act! listen

12/08/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The United Nations climate negotiations continued in Cancun today but hopes of coming to a strong deal on limiting global greenhouse emissions are looking more and more like a pipe dream.

WMNF's Kelly Benjamin has been attending the talks and reports that Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, representing the Alliance of Small Island States, many of whom are feeling immediate effects of climate change, gave a scathing critique of the UN talks.

"There's an urgent need to address t...

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UN Climate Chief: We need to do more to avert disaster listen

12/07/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The United Nations Climate Change talks continued in Cancun, Mexico today. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is there and reports that the Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christina Figueres, said that coming up with a solution to the problem of climate change is going to take a much larger and serious commitment from nations of the world.

"I would like to ask you to, also, step up to the plate more than you have been doing. Yes, I recognize that you ...

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Battle Rages Over Indigenous Rights and REDD at Climate Talks listen

12/06/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The UN climate talks in Cancun are heating up this week with a clear division emerging on the issue of Forests and Indigenous Rights

WMNF´s Kelly Benjamin is at summit in Mexico and files this report.

You’re listening to the sound of a Machete held by a Mayan villager chopping the bark of off of a several hundred year old sapodilla or chicle tree … or as we would call it in the US, a bubble gum tree.

I'm about 4 hours south of Cancun in the jungle outside the Mayan vill...

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Class Warfare evident in & outside UN climate talks listen

12/03/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The United Nations climate change talks in Cancun are taking place in a high security fortress called Moon Palace in an exclusive beachfront resort area but as WMNF's Kelly Benjamin reports, there are 2 sides of Cancun in and outside the UN talks.

Cancun, Mexico is famous as a sun and fun vacation destination for US tourists. Sparkling luxury hotels and elite resorts with fine dining restaurants and multiple swimming pools blanket the coastline where the picturesque Caribbean waves hit the...

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Religious groups gather in Cancun to pray for climate deal listen

12/01/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Over 100 religious followers gathered in Cancun yesterday evening to pray for a strong deal deal on reducing global carbon emissions in Cancun.

Although much smaller than the 5,000 parishioners that were expected the gathering in Plaza del Reforma Square was still somewhat unprecedented for the city of Cancun, uniting Catholics, Protestants and Jews for an interfaith prayer vigil on climate change. Pastor Rudolpho Udepayha was one of the organizers of the event.

"We have people from ...

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NGOs put pressure on for strong climate deal in Cancun listen

11/30/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is in Cancun, Mexico reporting on this year's United Nations Climate Change Summit thanks to a fellowship from the Earth Journalism Network.

Today he spoke with several NGO representatives on what they are doing to push for stronger commitments from nations and a legally binding global agreement on Climate Change.

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are meeting in Cancun over the next two weeks to come up with a solid plan to address global warming. They are j...

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Dr. Saleemul Huq on tranistioning to a post-fossil fuel economy listen

11/29/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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WMNF's Kelly Benjamin is in Cancun, Mexico on a Fellowship from Earth Journalism News covering the United Nations Global Climate Summit. Today he spoke with Dr. Saleemul Huq on the inevitability of transitioning to a post fossil fuel economy.

"In my view, the problem now has shifted to a much greater, longer term issue than just merely dealing with the pollution. It's about how the global economy as a whole weans itself off the dependence on fossil fuels, like coal, oil, and gas which we'...

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Preview of UN Climate Summit in Cancun (part 2) listen

11/24/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference begins next week in Cancun, Mexico. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin will bring us daily reports from Mexico on the progress towards an agreement at this year's summit. Today, we bring you part 2 of a special report on climate change and what we can expect from the United Nations process.

Last year's highly anticipated UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen resulted in the Copenhagen Accord, an agreement that began a process of creating climate cha...

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