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Shell cookstove alliance tests UK charity rules

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves receives funds from both Shell and the Shell Foundation. Does this meet the public benefit test for UK charities?

Climate-smart enters Davos lexicon of global risk

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2013 report advises decision-makers to be climate-smart. This may be a necessary but insufficient condition to protect the global environment.

The limits of localism in climate action

“Think global, act local” is a good slogan for environmental activism. But if it’s taken too far, the essential inclusion of poorer countries may be at risk.

Lessons of loss and damage for climate policy change

The Doha COP18 negotiations took a step towards compensating poorer countries for climate damages. How critical was the influence of Hurricane Sandy?

Al-Attiyah entertains Doha climate negotiators

Two weeks of complex UN negotiations end in two minutes of mayhem as the excitable President of COP18, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, swings his gavel. “Hearing no objections, I decided.”

COP18: final day and Doha outcome

The UN climate talks in Doha finally concluded after a day of confusion, heated exchanges and ultimately drama as the COP President seized his moment. The NGO community found little to console themselves.

COP18 Doha UN climate talks Dec 7th

A long day of negotiations at the UN climate talks in Doha finds parties little closer to a final agreement. A press conference called by the poorest countries explained that climate finance is the main sticking point. The NGOs seem resigned to a disappointing outcome.

COP18 Doha UN climate talks Dec 6th

Passions rise as we near the climax of the Doha climate talks. NGOs plead for the Qatari hosts to inject urgency into proceedings whilst the Philippine lead negotiator, Naderev Saño, broke down in his plenary speech.

COP18 Doha UN climate talks Dec 5th

Young US activists at the UN climate talks say they worked hard to get Obama re-elected and feel let down by the lack of action on climate change. Then Todd Stern surprises everyone by calling for debate on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

COP18 Doha UN climate talks Dec 4th

Ban Ki-Moon opens the high level segment of the Doha climate talks and the UK announces a major pledge of climate finance but tempers are running short and Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace demands that President Obama recall the lead US negotiators.