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Fair Trade having enforcement difficulties in growing $6 billion market

by Simon Clark and Heather Walsh Bloomberg News December 18, 2011

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UN climate talks’ real-world outcome will be determined in Asia

by Julliet Eilperin Washington Post December 12, 2011

Even as representatives from nearly 200 countries celebrated the last-minute compromise they fashioned at U.N. climate talks Sunday in Durban, South Africa, it became clear that its real-world outcome will be largely determined in Asia, rather than in Africa or the West....

In Durban, Kyoto treaty seems set to meet its end

by Geoffrey York Globe and Mail December 7, 2011

With just days remaining to salvage the Kyoto climate treaty, a mood of gloom is descending over the negotiations. Even the most optimistic diplomats are finding it hard to imagine how a deal can be reached....

Demonstrators in Nice, France, last month urged the leaders of the Group of 20 nations to do more to help the poor by means of the ‘Robin Hood’ tax — a tiny levy on trades in the financial markets that would take money from the banks and give it to the world’s poor.  Photo: Frederic Nebinger/Getty Images

Tiny tax on financial trades gains advocates

by Steven Greenhouse and Graham Bowley New York Times December 7, 2011

They call it the Robin Hood tax — a tiny levy on trades in the financial markets that would take money from the banks and give it to the world’s poor. And like the mythical hero of Sherwood Forest, it is beginning to capture the public’s imagination....

Climate deal pushed by poorer nations

by Richard Black BBC News December 1, 2011

The world's poorest countries have asked that talks on a new climate deal covering all nations begin immediately. At the UN climate summit, the Least Developed Countries bloc and small island states tabled papers saying the deal should be finalised within a year.Many of them are vulnerable to clima...

EU takes hardline stance at UN climate talks. Tough stand causes consternation among large developing countries, and discord threatens the future of t...

by Fiona Harvey The Guardian November 30, 2011

Europe is taking the toughest negotiating stand it has ever adopted on global warming. At this week's UN climate talks in Durban, the bloc will depart from decades of "dovish" practice by insisting stiff conditions must be met by China and other developing countries if a global climate treaty is to ...

calls for responsible deal in Durban climate change conference

by Nicole Winfield Huff post November 27, 2011

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UN climate talks get underway in South Africa. Kyoto protocol may be extended in weakened form; patchwork measures may provide some progress.

by Juliet Eilperin Washington Post November 27, 2011

The officials from around the world who will gather in South Africa on Monday to convene the latest round of U.N. climate negotiations are facing an uncomfortable fact: The global pact that has dictated greenhouse-gas targets since 1997 may no longer be relevant....

Fund halts new grants for AIDS, TB and malaria treatment in poor countries as developed country contributions drop

by David Brown Washington Post November 23, 2011

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which underwrites AIDS treatment for about half the people getting it in developing countries, announced Wednesday that it will make no new grants for the next two years because of the worldwide economic downturn....

Report cites dramatic drop in AIDS deaths worldwide

by David Brown Washington Post November 21, 2011

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