Last night Parties finished a first reading of the adaptation text, meaning a new text was available this morning for the beginning of a second reading. There are still a lot of brackets and points where countries seriously differ, so below are a couple of issues to watch for in the coming week:

– para 5.a (option 1) – this includes a proposal to earmark 70% of funding for SIDS and LDCs, as opposed to other options which specify only “all developing countries, particularly those that are vulnerable.” This question is particularly contentious between developing countries because it is about which of them will be eligible for adaptation funding – it is causing tensions in the G77 negotiating bloc.

– para 5.a – also to watch for…

Ambassador Antonio Lima of Cape Verde (Vice-President of AOSIS)

Yale Teaching Fellow for the COP15 Course, Kasey Jacobs, also provides updates such as this one for the Center for Environment and Population. See

Ambassador Antonio Lima of Cape Verde (Vice-President of AOSIS)

Bill McKibben of, Ambassador Antonio Lima of Cape Verde (Vice-President of AOSIS), and Ricken Patel, Avaaz Executive Director

Friday, December 12, 2009               AOSIS Text Proposal Released Today

Plenary sessions were closed off to observers today and a Civil Society briefing with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Ivo de Boer was cancelled due to tough negotiation sessions. I acquired the new negotiating text proposal by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) titled Proposal…

By Angel Hsu and Christopher Kieran, part of ‘Team China’ tracking the Chinese delegation a the Copenhagen climate negotiations. These posts are originally being featured on Green Leap Forward and also cross-posted on and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy blog.

Plenary sessions were closed off to observers today, which means that we unfortunately cannot beat the Earth Negotiations Bulletin with insights as to what went down on the negotiating floor.  Nonetheless, we were able to get quotes from Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs He Yafei (seated center; on his left is Yu Qingtai, a leading negotiator in the Chinese delegation) – the highest level Chinese government official that has…

Attempting to following the REDD negotiations has been aggravating so far.  Yesterday a former negotiator (now NGO member) closely following the debate mirrored my frustration, saying that “no one seems to know anything about what’s going on.”  This mornings negotiations were switched from open to observers to closed, and apparently the SBSTA contact group meeting scheduled this afternoon was either canceled outright or moved to a different location.  The revised text that was supposed to be published at 4 has yet to come out.  Good to know all of this is happening in such an open/transparent manner.

While there are lots of side events, at this point they all fall into at least one of 3 categories:  country presenting on a REDD project case-study, the need for strong social…

By Angel Hsu and Christopher Kieran

The latest installment by ‘Team China.’ These posts are originally being featured on Green Leap Forward and also cross-posted on and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy blog.

We spent much of today making sense of the reverberations emanating from Tuvalu’s controversial proposal yesterday and the subsequent stalling of the negotiations. We were able to glean some updates through the plenary sessions, press briefings, and our own interpretation of the texts in contention…(Somehow, people have started approaching us…

Our group, the Biodiversity Pod, has been tracing the inclusion of wetlands and peatlands protection in the climate negotiations throughout the semester. Our primary stakeholders have been ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and Wetlands International. Last night, Wetlands International held a side event on peatland conservation and the importance of these areas for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The event attracted a fair number of people from a variety of NGO’s and a few country delegations. Presentations by Wetlands International scientists were interesting and informative, especially for providing a background on the effect of peatlands on carbon sequestration. The most notable aspect of the event was the presence of a representative from Indonesia.

Indonesia, the highest emitter of carbon dioxide from peatland degradation, was represented by a…

European Carbon market – ETS
Market Outlook for Post 2012

IETA Side Event.

Notes by Lloyd C. Irland [1]

I attended a side event sponsored by IETA, the International Emissions Trading Association.This is a trade group of the financial institutions involved in trading allowances and in financing carbon offset projects.In a way, collectively, their members are the “carbon market”.I thought this summary might interest those who are following the development of US Cap and Trade programs, and who look to the price of carbon in these markets as a major factor in developing RED and other forest-based offset projects.This panel was moderated by John Scowcroft, or Eurelectric, a trade group of the electric utility industry.

This session focused on understanding how the rules and market forces will…

During one of yesterday’s side events, a woman sat on the floor with a baby on her lap. The baby occasionally giggled loudly, dropped her bottle, and a few times started crying, which was pretty distracting for those of us on that side of the room. Initially I was annoyed that someone would bring a toddler to a climate conference and allow it to disrupt the meeting. But when I gave it some more thought, I realized that she served as an important reminder of the future generations who don’t have a say in this conference, but who will likely spend more time on a climate-changed Earth than I will.

How will the decisions made at this event impact her?

Now I wish there were more children running…