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Winnie Byanyima and Amina J Mohammed at the #PeoplesClimate march in New York

Blog: Turning up the heat on Climate action – no time for delay

By Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International's Executive Director - Climate change is no longer just coming. It’s here already. In the past five years, more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters. And the financial cost of this chaos has been immense - almost half a trillion dollars – three times the costs in the whole of the 1970s.

Blog: Live blog: Closing hours of Doha climate summit

Read the latest from behind the scenes with Oxfam's team as UN climate talks draw to a close in Doha, Qatar. (Time stamps are Arabia Standard Time - AST).

Oxfam 'Let them eat coal' stunt at the Durban UN climate talks. Photo: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam

Blog: Hunger: the real economic crisis

Hunger affects about 1 billion people around the world, and as the economic crisis continues, the push for growth can actually make matters worse.

Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

Blog: Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

The climate negotiations in Durban are stuttering. There is little progress on agreement on the emission reductions needed to keep warming below 2 degrees. There is also a rumbling debate about how to fill the Green Climate Fund.

After pressure from campaigners throughout 2010, progress has been made in Cancún. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Cancun: the building blocks have been laid

As is being reported worldwide today (see coverage from the New York Times and from the BBC), progress has been made at the UN climate summit in Cancún. So, while we continue to pore through the text that was published last night, here's a quick overview of yesterday's events:

I ♥ Kyoto Protocol - activists call for Japan to commit to the Kyoto Protocol. Photo: Ainhoa Goma / Oxfam

Blog: Kyoto - a final push for commitment

Since UN climate talks began in Mexico last week, there's been one issue that's threatened to seriously derail progress here at the summit – Japan's decision to back away from the Kyoto Protocol.

Why is this a big deal? The Kyoto Protocol is the world's only legally binding agreement for the reduction of greenhouse gases. Adopted in 1997, Kyoto obligates countries to take action to tackle climate change. And until more ambitious targets and policies are agreed internationally, Kyoto remains the only solution we've got.

Blog: In pictures: women fighting climate change

Natalie Brook explains the how climate change often has a disproportionate impact on women. Read more from Oxfam's team at the UN climate summit here.

As obvious as it sounds, climate change affects everybody. From the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in 2005, through to the floods that covered Pakistan in July this year, we're all in this together.

Sugna tiene un bebé de 9 meses, tuvo que emigrar a las afueras de Jaipur, y trabaja en una obra de construcción.Foto:Ami Vitale

Blog: Tribunal Popular Nacional de la India: un paso importante para los más afectados por el cambio climático

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We'll put your tweets in this bottle and then place it outside the conference centre

Blog: Tweet in a bottle

Calling all Twitter activists! As we move into the second week of the UN climate summit, we need you to help us send a tweet of urgency to government representatives meeting in Cancún, Mexico.

Blog: An idea that could save lives

Continuing with the theme of covering some of the 'hot topics' at this week's Cancun climate summit, I wanted to delve into an issue that Oxfam is hoping to see progress on during the coming week or so – international climate finance. Not the most inspiringly named topic, I know. But stick with me now – it's not as dry as it sounds.

If you were to break down Oxfam's climate change campaign (and I'm probably going to upset some of my colleagues in the policy team by simplifying the issue like this), it could roughly be separated into two demands.


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