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June 2010 Blog Posts (45)

At Top of the World, New Evidence of Himalayan Melting

Tibetan Plateau & Climate Change
Photo © Aaron Jaffe / Circle of Blue
By Keith Schneider

Circle of Blue




In January, when the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledged that it was wrong in predicting that the glaciers of the Himalayas could be gone by 2035, skeptics of… Continue

Added by Keith Schneider on June 30, 2010 at 16:41 — No Comments

At Top of the World, New Evidence of Himalayan Melting

Tibetan Plateau & Climate Change
Photo © Aaron Jaffe / Circle of Blue
By Keith Schneider

Circle of Blue




In January, when the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledged that it was wrong in predicting that the glaciers of the Himalayas could be gone by 2035, skeptics of… Continue

Added by Keith Schneider on June 30, 2010 at 16:41 — No Comments

Obama Vows To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Passing and Signing Climate and Energy Legislation

Obama vows clean energy, climate action



Given the emotional reserve of a man whose aides once referred to as "no drama Obama," the president is getting pretty fired up about energy. On Wednesday President Obama concluded an all hands cabinet meeting at the White House by publicly declaring again his resolve to develop a "new energy strategy that the American people… Continue

Added by Keith Schneider on June 24, 2010 at 1:00 — No Comments

Green Economy Coalition letter to G20 heads of state urges action on fuel subsidies and climate

The Green Economy Coalition has today sent an open letter to the heads of states who will attend next week’s G20 summit in Toronto, Canada.



It calls upon G20 leaders to:



(1) integrate the value of biodiversity into national accounts, and to encourage the disclosure of environmental and social impact through environmental, social and governance reporting systems.



(2) reform all subsidies which encourage… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 18, 2010 at 11:11 — No Comments

Climate Change Media Partnership fellowships for 2010

The Climate Change Media Partnership is pleased to announce its fourth annual fellowship programme.



We invite all journalists from the global South with an interest in climate change to apply for a 2010-11 fellowship, which will include two weeks of reporting on the UN negotiations at the COP16 meeting in Cancun, Mexico.



For details about the fellowship, requirements for applying and to begin your online application go to… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 16, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

"High-level" climate meeting hotly debated - TWN Bonn Update No. 22



"High-level" climate meeting hotly debated

Bonn, 14 June (Lim Li Lin) - Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed to not mandate the holding of a Ministerial meeting before the next climate change conference in Mexico.

This issue was finally resolved at the closing plenary of the 32nd session of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) on 9 June after long debate that started in April.

The…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 9:59 — No Comments

Kyoto Protocol talks inch forward, despite some developed countries - TWN Bonn Update No. 21

Kyoto Protocol talks inch forward, despite some developed countries

Bonn, 12 June (Lim Li Lin and Chee Yoke Ling) - Negotiations for the next set of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets beyond 2012 made a little progress after more than four years of feet dragging by developed countries.

The fortnight of talks (1-11 June) saw developing countries pushing to accelerate the process to ensure that developed countries party to the Kyoto Protocol will commit to…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 9:47 — No Comments

Developing countries attack Chair's new text at final session - TWN Bonn Update Np. 20

Developing countries attack Chair’s new text at final session



Bonn, 14 June (Meena Raman and Hilary Chiew) – Developing countries expressed deep dismay and sharp criticisms over a new draft text of a global climate deal presented on the final day (11 June) of the Bonn climate talks by the Chair of the working group following up on the Bali Action Plan of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The text represents a major setback for the developing countries…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 9:19 — No Comments

Developing countries detail nationally appropriate mitigation actions - TWN Bonn Update No. 19

Climate: Developing countries detail nationallly appropriate mitigation actions

Bonn, 10 June (Hilary Chiew and Chee Yoke Ling) – Developing countries reiterated that nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) of developing countries are voluntary in nature unlike internationally legally binding commitments of developed countries and countries with economies in transition. Accordingly, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of NAMAs should not further burden…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 8:46 — No Comments

AWG-LCA discusses unilateral trade measures and forum on impacts of response measures - TWN Bonn Upadte No. 18

AWG-LCA discusses unilateral trade measures and forum on impacts of response measures



Bonn, 10 June (Meena Raman) – The contact group under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term, Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealt with the issue of the impact of mitigation actions by countries which result in economic and social consequences on 9 June.

Developing countries, led by the G77 and China…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 8:15 — No Comments

Massachusetts Study Finds Caution and Optimism in Biomass as Renewable Fuel

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After six months of evaluation, a Massachusetts research center said yesterday that the greenhouse gas-reducing benefits of replacing coal and natural gas with wood biomass for electrical generation are lower than previously thought.



But the study by Manomet Center for Conservation Science also found that specific wood biomass technologies, particularly state-of-the art wood biomass plants that generate combined heat and power, produce less than half of the CO2… Continue

Added by Keith Schneider on June 11, 2010 at 21:05 — No Comments

World Bank, get out of climate!

For immediate release


Thursday 10 June 2010


Contact: Alex Rafalowicz, +49 1525 991 8665


*‘NO ROLE’ FOR WORLD BANK IN MANAGING CLIMATE FUNDS*


BONN, Germany – Today, in response to demands by rich countries for World
Bank management of climate funds, 287 civil society organisations from over
50 countries released a letter to President Barack Obama calling for…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 11, 2010 at 10:01 — No Comments

Europe's Two-Faced Approach to Kyoto is Condemning the Protocol to Death

Europe is behaving in a dangerously two-faced way when it comes to protecting the world’s climate, Christian Aid warns today as the UN climate talks in Bonn draw to a close.…

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Added by Rachel Baird on June 10, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

Bonn II - A Kyoto Protocol Assessment

Close the mitigation gap - New analysis demonstrates Annex I emission reduction pledges are dangerously
inadequate.


The UNFCCC Secretariat released new analysis yesterday converting Annex I Parties’ emission pledges
into Kyoto Protocol-style mitigation targets known as “quantified emission limitation or reduction objectives”
or QELROs.


The analysis builds on an earlier compilation of mitigation pledges…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 10, 2010 at 14:15 — No Comments

Bonn II - An Assessment - The world is in BIG trouble

UNFCCC negotiations - 8 June 2010


Bonn II - An Assessment


A civil society analysis of the climate negotiations


Current negotiations are dismantling the global climate regime and risk a 4 degree C rise in global temperatures. We need a course correction in Bonn to get the negotiations back on track and aligned with the Bali Roadmap.


Negotiations during the last week…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 10, 2010 at 12:45 — No Comments

How to ensure climate-change finance really is "new and additional"

Rich nations’ pledges mean nothing without baselines, say academics



Academics warn that the industrialized world’s promise of billions of “new and additional” dollars to help developing nations tackle climate change is meaningless without a baseline from which to count new funds.



In a briefing paper published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), they outline two workable options for defining a baseline… Continue

Added by Mike Shanahan on June 10, 2010 at 12:22 — No Comments

A Civil Society Assessment on state of 'foul' play at Bonn

A CIVIL SOCIETY ASSESSMENT:
Negotiations are dismantling the global climate regime and will cause a 4 degree C rise in global temperatures


We are appalled at the state of climate negotiation in Bonn, Germany. Emission reduction targets have been lowered and expectations for the Cancun Climate Conference downgraded.


Negotiations during the last week confirm fears that many developed countries have begun the process of…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 10, 2010 at 10:20 — No Comments

Bolivia reveals new data: Shows mitigation gap in Kyoto pledges



9 June 2010 Contact: Alex
Rafalowicz, +49 1525 991 865


For Immediate Release


*Bolivia Reveals New Data: Shows Mitigation Gap in Kyoto Pledges*


BONN, Germany – Today the climate negotiations considered new data prepared
by the UN on emission targets put forward by developed countries under the
Kyoto Protocol. Bolivia, in the negotiations, prepared a graph…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 20:40 — No Comments

Contact group discusses funding for forest-related activities - TWN Bonn Update no. 17

Contact group discusses funding for forest-related activities


Bonn, 9 June (Hilary Chiew) - Forest and climate change is a key issue in the
ongoing negotiations on the enhanced implementation of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


The funding of forest-related activities in reducing emissions from deforestation
and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) was…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 20:26 — No Comments

Divergent views on bodies of the UNFCCC technology mechanism - TWN Bonn Update No. 16

Divergent views on bodies of the UNFCCC technology mechanism


Bonn, June 8 (Hilary Chiew and Meena Raman) - The contact group of the Ad Hoc
Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)
reconvened on Monday, 7 June, to discuss enhanced action on technology development
and transfer and cooperative sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 20:19 — No Comments

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