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[24 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 5,691 views]
Special Report: Climate Change in the Himalayas

Last week, I happened to be watching a remarkable gathering of government officials near Everest base camp. Instead of flying to Copenhagen to attend the climate summit as a youth activist and spokesperson, I had flown into Kathmandu for a few days and was pleased to note that I was present in the city as government officials were sending a powerful message to the rest of the world. Led by the Prime Minister, the cabinet was meeting at Kalapatthar Plateau (5242 mt), to discuss the impacts of climate change on the small mountain country and to adopt a 10-point Everest Declaration.

Contributed by G-1 Billion guest writer Roshni Dave; a young Environmentalist/Policy Analyst currently working in Geneva with the South Centre.

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[23 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 3,522 views]
It’s time for Plan B

Harriet Riley describes the Copenhagen hangover, as civil society tries to pull itself together in the wake of a failed summit. Could a new ‘World Council’, constructed outside the authority of nation-states, provide us with a climate regulator?

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[21 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,884 views]
Meeting Ministers and Governors

While I was reluctant that COP15 will be closed with a substantial agreement even before my arrival in Copenhagen, I at least hoped to meet a few established people in the world of politics. With a keen eye and acute hearing, I managed to meet ministers, governors, members of press and a small handful of Heads of States, including Danish Prime Ministers Lars Lokke Rasmussen and Swedish Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

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[20 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,713 views]
Now What?

For many people, they may now be wondering what all the Copenhagen fuss was about. The politicians gave us plenty of words but were completely lacking in action. As the Greenpeace slogan says ‘Politicians Talk – Leaders Act’.

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[19 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 3,859 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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[18 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,297 views]
REDD+ Alert

The Support REDD+ Gala was last night, a fantastic event with huge names including Vivienne Westwood, Bianca Jagger, Kevin Conrad, Sir Michael Somare and Jane Goodall. There has been a lot of talk about REDD+ in COP-15, here is the explanation and the “index” of other G-1 Billion articles covering the Support REDD+ Gala.

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[17 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 3,383 views]
Kevin Conrad’s leadership: Humility, Focus, Individuality

Kevin Conrad is the man behind REDD+, a set of steps or mechanism designed to use market/financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation. Last year, Conrad was named #1 Hero of the Environment for TIME Magazine, 2008. I spoke to Conrad briefly after the Support REDD+ Gala event, and I asked him what it takes to become a leader in environmental issues. I learned three things from him: humility, focus and individuality.

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[17 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,009 views]
Jane Goodall speech at last night’s Support REDD+ Gala

Award acceptance speech of Jane Goodall at the Support REDD+ Gala last night. I couldn’t help but record the speech and share it with you all!!

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[17 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,460 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 | 3,643 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.