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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The Obama administration as soon as Wednesday will announce its plans for curbing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which the United States must do to meet its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, people familiar with the issue said Tuesday. The government reaffirmed that goal last week at U.N. climate talks in Lima.

  • Dec 16- California pension plans would divest all assets related to the coal industry under a measure the leader of the state senate said he will propose to reduce support for an industry that critics blame for contributing to climate change. He had just returned from United Nations talks in Lima, Peru on international efforts to fight climate change.

  • LIMA, Dec 15- U.N. climate negotiations wrapped up in Lima on Sunday with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed on in Paris in a year's time. All nations will be asked to submit plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, known as "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions," or INDCs, to the United Nations by an informal deadline of...

  • Under the Lima deal, governments will submit national plans for reining in greenhouse gas emissions by an informal deadline of March 31, 2015 to form the basis of a global agreement due at a summit in Paris in a year's time. The texts, breaking deadlock among weary delegates almost two days into overtime after two weeks of talks, appeased developing countries led...

  • The Lima deal lays out a wide range of options for a global deal to be reached in Paris, due in December 2015, and also lays out how each nation will submit its own plans for curbing warming in the first half of 2015..

  • At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits. In the agreement, reached more than 30 hours after talks were supposed to end, more than 190...

  • *Lima deal could point to aspirations for Paris summit in 2015. LIMA, Dec 12- About 190 nations faced a crossroads Friday on how boldly to fight global warming as United Nations talks in Lima went into overtime amid concerns that watered-down goals could undermine a U.N. climate summit in Paris next year. Emerging nations such as China and India want the Lima...

  • LIMA, Dec 12- Latin American countries, participating in crucial global climate talks being hosted in the region this week, came under criticism for their plans to drastically increase oil production. Ecuador, Colombia and Peru all have similar plans in place. At the same time that they approved an ambitious climate change law, they reformed the energy...

  • UN climate talks deadlocked over scope of pledges Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— U.N. global warming talks head into their last scheduled day Friday with rich and poor countries arguing over what kind of climate action plans they should present in the run-up to a key summit in Paris next year. How to divide the emissions cuts that many scientists say are needed to avoid dangerous levels of warming is a major sticking point in the...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged countries at U.N. climate talks in Lima to move away from using fossil fuels while demonstrators gathered outside the meeting urged him to reject the Keystone oil pipeline. As Kerry delivered a 30- minute speech trying to inject momentum into difficult UN climate negotiations, environmentalists stood outside...

  • CARHUAZ, Peru, Dec 11- High in the Peruvian Andes, the glacier-fed lake Laguna 513 brims with meltwater atop a populated valley in a region prone to earthquakes. Peru has more tropical glaciers than any other nation but rising temperatures linked to global warming have helped shrink the ice masses by up to 40 percent, filling existing lakes to the brim and spawning...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear. Japan now finds itself alongside India and Russia, the world's third- and fourth-biggest polluters, by not yet declaring goals.

  • LIMA, Dec 10- The United States on Wednesday played down prospects for a wide-ranging deal with India to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year along the lines of a plan agreed to with China last month. "We don't have that kind of process going on with India," U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference during Dec. 1-12 talks among 190 nations in Lima on ways to...

  • 'Berlin Wall' climate divide looms over Lima Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:37 PM ET

    Since then, however, nations such as Singapore or Mexico have grown rich but are still deemed "poor". In Lima, representatives of 192 countries are trying to craft a new accord that will hold developed nations responsible for their past emissions but that will also put on the hook some emerging economies that will emit most carbon in future. Countries are grappling...

  • U.S. says no China-style climate deal in works for India Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    LIMA, Dec 10- The United States on Wednesday played down prospects for a wide-ranging deal with India to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year along the lines of a plan agreed to with China last month. China is the top greenhouse gas emitter, ahead of the United States, the European Union and India. Under a joint U.S.- China announcement last month, the United...

  • A climate idea comes of age: Zero emissions Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    The global climate pact set for adoption in Paris next year should phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, says the London- based environmental lawyer. That's a message people understand, "said the Pakistani-born Yamin, who has been instrumental in getting that ambitious, some say crucial, goal into drafts being discussed at U.N. talks in Lima this week.

  • At the same event, Venezuela's foreign minister and top OPEC emissary Raphael Ramirez provided his country's answer to Naimi's question: OPEC must act, he told Reuters, because "that is our job. Ramirez said Venezuela would evaluate whether to call for an emergency OPEC meeting after seeing how oil prices perform in the first quarter. Last month, Gulf producers...

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. "But the window of opportunity is fast narrowing," he told delegates from about 190 nations at the Dec. 1-12 talks working on a deal, due in...

  • LIMA, Dec 9- A new Green Climate Fund that aims to help poor nations cope with global warming reached a U.N. goal of $10 billion on Tuesday at global climate talks in Lima, helped by a surprise donation from Australia. Several of the 190 nations at the meeting welcomed the cash from both Australia and Belgium, but China said rich countries were not working fast enough...

  • US sending Kerry, adding to focus on climate talks Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    LIMA, Peru— The United States is putting an extra focus on U.N. climate talks by sending an unusually high-ranking official to the sessions in Peru: Secretary of State John Kerry. U.S. officials in Washington confirm Kerry is expected in Lima on Thursday, the penultimate scheduled day of negotiations. The Lima talks are meant to produce a draft for a hoped-for...