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[14 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,339 views]
In the Year of Crises, a moral one blocks action on climate

Today, as negotiations seem to have stalled, with the wedge between developed and developing countries not looking as though it is loosening, let’s hope our political leaders may take heed of the words of wisdom from our moral ones.

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[12 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,056 views]
Negotiations Update: Progress, but a long way to go

This morning the COP/CMP Plenary took place this morning between 10:30 and 14:00. While much of the same impasse was still present in the discussion, certain steps had been taken forward. Both the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action under the Convention and the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Kyoto Protocol had released draft texts yesterday evening.

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[12 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 859 views]
8 degrees short

The UNFCCC negotiations here in Copenhagen, do not constitute a move towards this ’safe operating space’. This is precisely because the negotiations track only focus on one element of the system, climate change, when in fact there are 9 inter related components, termed as global biophysical boundaries in the Earth System, all requisite to define a ‘safe planetary operating space´ for humanity.

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[11 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,025 views]
A better place: what role should Switzerland really be playing on the international stage?

Copenhagen is all about country sovereignty, and how much each country is willing to give up of their right to pollute the atmosphere, or even their right to carbon-intensive development. While Canada, Saudi Arabia, the US amongst others might be singled out as the biggest offenders in wanting to give up the least, each and every nation state is an equal offender in the error of only defining this as a problem of what they must give up, rather than what they could gain.

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[10 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 781 views]
Day 4 in the House: Sound and Vision

Day 4 has hit and run. As the Bella Center starts winding down, I am starting to realise how the negotiators and all involved here can suffer from fatigue. This morning in the Inter-generational Inquiry on Climate Solutions, Yvo de Boer posed the following question to the audience: ‘Have you ever started something, and then wondered, further down the process, why you started it?’. While it was slightly worrying to hear this comment escaping the lips of the man responsible for the UNFCCC, his sentiments were slightly more positive.

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[9 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,051 views]
Three Wise Women

Three wise women have been meeting for the past 3 years to discuss the kind of deal we need to get in Copenhagen. The involvement of younger actors in the 3 different working groups did yield some real interest in our comments, and in some cases the inclusion of our interventions into the final communique. Great stuff.

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[8 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,161 views]
Green Jobs from the Road to Copenhagen

Today, I’ve been in Malmö, Sweden, for Day One of the Road to Copenhagen event. This political platform, fronted by the three formidable women Margot Wallstrom, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson, has been pushing for a meaningful and binding deal in Copenhagen for 3 years now.

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[7 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 914 views]
Day One in (or more out) the House! And the beat goes on…

After a very cold and wet arrival in Copenhagen, one aborted attempt at registration and a three hour wait in the freezing cold, I finally arrived inside the Bella Centre. But, its ok, I’m not bitter, just have a mild case of frostbite. Our way into the centre was lined with a rather sad little number of campaigners handing out everything from coffee (thank you Greenpeace for waking and warming me up) to badges to A4 handouts about how the world is coming to an end. Oh and of course, there were drums, the favoured instrument of the avid demonstrator.

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[5 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,333 views]
Weapon of Choice

As we approach the starting gun for the COP15 negotiations, with governments maneuvering for continued procrastination and weak aspirations, the government waiting game looks unfortunately set to continue. Is it time that we stopped expecting our governments to move in time on the development of a more ecologically, economically and socially sustainable society?

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[5 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,509 views]
What does Climategate mean for Copenhagen and beyond?

Unless you’ve all been temporarily seconded to the moon, you might have noticed a bit of a storm brewing in the usually drab world of climatology. Unlike the usual sexy political scandals that our beloved politicians seem to time and again get dragged into, the only hide and seek game that the climate scientists in question have been accused of playing, is with their own data. There are myriad issues that it has brought up, and which are highly pertinent to the COP15, to how we view the issue of climate science and even the role of science in modern society.