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[19 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 3,949 views]
Analyses of the Copenhagen Accord

The world’s attention has been focused on the negotiations in Copenhagen for the last two weeks. But was it all worth it? Has the rebranding of the Danish capital as Hopenhagen been justified? What are the outcomes after endless hours of negotiations which ended in the early hours of Saturday morning? In the following article we translate the “legalise”, as well as analyse the pros and the cons of the Accord, which appears to be the main output of the COP15 negotiations.

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[17 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,475 views]
Sir Nicolas Stern: let’s get serious about funding

Forest Day 3 was a high level UNFCCC COP-15 Parallel Event shaping the global agenda for forests and climate change.

Sir Nicolas Stern, chair of Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, LSE spoke about cost sharing, aligning climate funding with global markets despite the current state of the market, and various sources of financing.

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[16 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 3,777 views]
Interview with Jorge Rodriguez, Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecoms

Jorge Rodriguez participated in a panel discussion at Forest Day 3, where he asked other Ministers to consider following the carbon neutral path that Costa Rica has set out for itself. He told me that most other countries will be implementing the largest part of their reduction between 2020-2030, whereas Costa Rica is committed to early actions e.g. the target of carbon neutrality by 2021.

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[16 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 3,728 views]
The Angry Mermaid Award winner is….

Laughter, cheers and boos were potent in response to a series of jokes and mockery made by the moderator about the worst corporate lobbyists sabotage against effective climate action – were the subject of scrutiny and exposure at this crowded event which saw speakers such as activist and author Naomi Klein and Nnimmo Bassey, TIME magazine’s Heros of the Environment 2009 who was interviewed by G-1 Billion. Click to read more…

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[14 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,532 views]
Corals on the EDGE: a message for Copenhagen

Coral reefs first appeared more than 400 million years ago. We could wipe them out in a comparative heartbeat. This film was directed on basis of current science and shows the devastating effect of climate change on the worlds incredible, diverse coral reefs. It paints a disturbing picture of a world that has lost its reefs forever our world in 2065.

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[14 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,504 views]
G-1 Billion exclusive video: Latest statement from UNFCCC Secretary

G-1 Billion’s Carolyne Okeijn reports from Forest Day, Copenhagen 13 Dec, Copenhagen. View the full video of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer latest statement in which he comments on the current status of the negotiations, offers personal concerns on the prospect of progress over the next 5 days and a message to governments to make these decisions with integrity. Moreover he displays a good sense of humour!

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[13 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,298 views]
An emotional exchange between Tuvalu and the EU at the official negotiations

Something has changed in the climate at the Bella Centre and COP-15. Today’s official negotiations at COP-15 saw an emotional and powerful submission by a minister from Tuvalu, the world’s fourth smallest state at the front line of the devastating effects of climate change: “It has been one week since our proposal was put on the table and yet we see no progress. I woke up today, crying, and it takes a lot for a grand man to come here and tell you that.” The EU responded with an empathic recognition of the devastating reality facing Tuvalu. But will the nations unite and commit to a global deal that will secure the continued existence of those who are worst affected? Read on for the latest insider news.

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[12 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,809 views]
Young adults’ call for transparency in the negotiations

In the fable of the “Emperor Has No Clothes” written by the famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, it takes a child to point out to the masses that the newly “clothed” Emperor – was wearing nothing at all! The now common metaphor “the emperor has no clothes” refers to a situation in which people are unwilling to state an obvious truth, out of fear of being perceived as unpatriotic or politically incorrect. Their misguided beliefs are so ingrained that they fail to see the falsehood they are perpetuating. This fable reminds me of the importance of transparency and openness in international negotiations, especially because the consequences of the decisions to be made are so dire to the life of people and species on our planet.

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[11 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,595 views]
Ocean acidification – “the evil twin of climate change”?

There is a mounting deep concern for what future ocean systems will look like in a high carbon world. It is little known that oceans “buffer” climate change through its high uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere and it is a cause for great concern that the ocean has been left out of the negotiation text at COP-15.

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[10 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,006 views]
Full Live Report: Intragenerational Inquiry on Climate Solutions calls Yvo de Boer, youth and negotiators

Live report from inside the Intragenerational Inquiry on Climate Solutions with UNFCCC Secretary Yvo de Boer, youth and negotiators. Youth testimonials, statements and Yvo de Boer’s response.