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Agence France-Presse: Police in Paris fired teargas Sunday in clashes with climate change activists who pelted them with objects during a demonstration ahead of the COP21 climate talks in the French capital.
About two hundred protesters, some wearing masks, fought with police on a street leading to the Place de la République, which has become a gathering place for Parisians since the terror attacks in the capital that killed 130 people earlier this month.
Protesters could be heard chanting "State of emergency, police...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 6:20 pm
Associated Press: Hundreds of protesters demonstrate near the Place de la Republique in Paris on Sunday despite a ban imposed by the French authorities. Activists clash with riot police who use teargas to try and disperse the crowds. The march, planned for Sunday to coincide with the global climate change talks in the city on Monday, had been cancelled for security reasons in the wake of recent terror attacks in the French capital
Posted: November 29, 2015, 4:48 pm
Associated Press: Tens of thousands of people have taken part in rallies around the world on Sunday, calling on leaders to halt climate change on the eve of a major conference in Paris. Because of a state of emergency in France imposed after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, many of the rallies are taking place outside the country.
But French police and activists clashed in Paris, with riot police firing tear gas to disperse protesters throwing projectiles. Here are some of the rallies that took place on Sunday.
Posted: November 29, 2015, 4:31 pm
Guardian: A day of celebration and hope in Paris disintegrated into rioting and clashes with police on Sunday, after anti-capitalists and anarchists hijacked a peaceful event organised by climate activists earlier in the day.
About 200 protesters, some wearing masks, fought with police on a street leading to la place de la République, which has become a gathering place for Parisians since the terror attacks on 13 November that killed 130 people. Witnesses said floral and other tributes were trampled in...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 4:09 pm
Associated Press: California Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to the U.N. Climate Change conference, which opens Monday, where he will promote the state's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and urge other states and provinces to sign on to his climate pact.
So far, 57 jurisdictions from 19 countries have added their signatures to a memorandum promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Brown, a Democrat, has toured the world talking about climate change this year, seeking...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 4:06 pm
Guardian: On the eve of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris, campaigners around the world from Melbourne to London are marching to demand action
Posted: November 29, 2015, 3:53 pm
Associated Press: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says governments' pledges to cut global warming emissions aren't enough and should be reviewed before 2020.
In an interview Sunday on the eve of a U.N. climate summit in Paris, Ban told The Associated Press he endorsed plans for reviewing targets every five years.
"I would propose that the first such review session should be held before 2020," Ban said.
In Paris, governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight climate change and help vulnerable...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 3:19 pm
EcoWatch: Thousands of Parisians and activists from around the world joined hands to form a human chain along Boulevard Voltaire in Paris this afternoon. According to Agence France Presse, nearly 10,000 people took part in the demonstration.
The #humanchain for climate justice in Paris. pic.twitter.com/yNc5zVY40v
-- Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) November 29, 2015
“We joined hands today against climate change and violence,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for 350.org. “People here in...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 3:04 pm
Agence France-Presse: Paris riot police fired teargas Sunday in clashes with far-left activists in Paris during a climate change demonstration ahead of key UN talks after several thousand protesters had formed a human chain in the city.
Riot police moved in after a small group of protesters pelted officers with bottles and candles from one of the tributes to the victims of the November 13 attacks on the French capital. Around 100 people were arrested.
Around 4,500 activists had earlier linked hands in a peaceful...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 3:02 pm
Telegraph: Empty shoes were lined up in downtown Paris, France, ahead of the start of international climate negotiations Sunday, filling in for global warming protesters who were not permitted to march because of security after this month's attacks. Instead environmental advocacy groups held marches outside of Paris and around the world. A nearly empty conference center seemed to have more security guards than negotiators as country delegations and media started dribbling into the venue where two weeks of...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 2:36 pm
Telegraph: Police fired tear gas at protesters who hurled projectiles at them in Paris as a largely peaceful human chain of several thousand formed nearby to urge action on global warming ahead of the global environment summit.
A small group, some masked, took part in the violence, with some of them chanting: "State of emergency, police state, you will not deprive us of our right to demonstrate."
One young man who gave his name as Ricard shouted "shame on the Republic" at police in the square.
Posted: November 29, 2015, 2:14 pm
New York Times: In 1992, more than 150 nations agreed at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro to take steps to stabilize greenhouse gases at a level that would “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” — United Nations-speak for global warming. Many follow-up meetings have been held since then, with little to show for them. Emissions of greenhouse gases have steadily risen, as have atmospheric temperatures, while the consequences of unchecked warming — persistent droughts, melting glaciers and...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Politico: The same rowdy band of green activists who toppled the Keystone XL pipeline are aiming their sights at ExxonMobil.
Environmental groups are waging an escalating public relations campaign against the giant oil and gas company, diving deep into Exxon's history to accuse it of knowingly - perhaps illegally - misleading the public about its decades of research on the dangers of climate change. Their allegations, backed by recent news reports from Inside Climate News and the Los Angeles Times, led...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
LA Times: Starting Monday, diplomats and scientists, activists and heads of state at the 2015 U.N. climate change conference in Paris will scramble to reach the first truly global agreement on the greatest problem the planet has ever faced. It will make for compelling headlines, but it's not the real story. Because that already happened.
Think back to Copenhagen in 2009 and the last of the great U.N. climate gatherings. There too the world watched expectantly, only to see negotiations break down. No firm...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Guardian: Over 10,000 pairs of shoes on the Place de la Republique replace marchers who were set to take part in a climate cancelled protest as activists take to the streets around the globe. The Paris march was expected to bring 200,000 people onto the city’s streets but was forbidden by French authorities in light of security concerns. Elsewhere, thousands marched in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney ahead of the Paris climate summit on Monday
Posted: November 29, 2015, 1:51 pm
Guardian: Was the Syrian civil war partly caused by climate change? Prince Charles, for one, seems to think so. “There is very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria was a drought that lasted for about five or six years,” he told Sky News, adding that climate change is having a “huge impact” on conflict and terrorism.
The Prince is not alone on this one: he joins a chorus of voices making similar claims. In the US President Obama, Al Gore, and the democratic presidential...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 1:13 pm
New York Times: As world leaders assemble in Paris for the Monday launch of the 21st round of negotiations aimed at improving on the ineffective 1992 climate change treaty, I’ve assembled some worthwhile reading on the risks attending human-driven climate change and a host of prescriptions worth considering. None will be easy to achieve. As for the risks, Justin Gillis has a helpful set of basic climate change questions and answers. (You can ask more questions here.) Curt Stager, a paleoclimatologist and author...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 12:15 pm
Guardian: This morning I visited the place de la République, in many ways the beating heart of Paris. It’s where people here chose to place their memorial to the victims of the attacks two weeks ago, and there is still a huge crowd, gathered round the central monument in intense, almost ritual silence, taking in the thousands of pictures, candles, flowers and messages left by wellwishers.
Just a few steps away, a different ritual was taking place. Thousands of Parisians, denied by police security concerns...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 11:05 am
Sydney Morning Herald: Thousands of protesters have gathered in Sydney to urge leaders to take action on climate change, with environmentalist Tim Flannery declaring the event the "biggest climate march this country's ever seen".
People with drums, placards and costumes gathered in The Domain on Sunday, before the march down Macquarie Street to the Opera House, following speeches and performances calling on those at the Paris climate summit to shift more rapidly to renewable energy.
Huge crowds gather for Sydney...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 3:37 am
Reuters: Activists plan to join arms and form a "human chain" in Paris on Sunday to urge action on global warming, in a muted rally after attacks on the city by Islamic State, at the heart of worldwide protests on the eve of a U.N. climate summit in France.
More than 2,000 climate events are planned in cities including Sydney, Jakarta, Berlin, London, Sao Paulo and New York, making it one of the biggest days of action on climate change in history, organizers say.
Activists in France scaled back their...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 12:14 am