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 Climateprogress.org 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 Marian Ahn Thorpe
Tuvalu’s surprise efforts to open a discussion of their proposed amendment to the Kyoto Protocol (see earlier posts here and here), and the subsequent suspension of negotiations this past Wednesday, continued to generate buzz today at COP as the country parties, NGOs, and the media attempted to gauge the possible fallout. Environmental NGOs were crowing with praise: Climate Action Network and Avaaz.org awarded Tuvalu a “Ray of the Day” award for taking a firm stand for stringent, legally binding commitments. The media have been reaching for all possible witticisms alluding to the country’s minute size and…
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 Climateprogress.org 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…
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IETA Side Event.
Notes by Lloyd C. Irland 
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…
Christopher Monckton, the well-known British climate change denier, was spotted near the Yale booth around lunchtime today. When I saw him, he was the focus of a gleeful swarm of youth activists. While Monckton engaged in heated debate with a handful of energetic young people, a couple of daring souls found a different way to get the last word. Monckton walked away sporting stickers that read “I love climate change” and “350 ppm” on his back.
Follow up on 12/12: Read more about Lord Monckton’s confrontation with youth activists on The Lede blog at the New York Times…
By Angel Hsu and Christopher Kieran
Another post by ‘Team China.’ These posts are originally being featured on Green Leap Forward and also cross-posted on Climateprogress.org and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy’s blog.
While the drama surrounding the Guardian’s leak of a “secret” Danish negotiating text seems to be fizzling down (see our previous post), this was most likely due in some part to a small island nation now famous here in Copenhagen. Yes, you guessed it – Tuvalu, a tiny Polynesian island occupying just 10 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.
During the morning plenary session today, however, the Tuvaluans were not as diminutive as the size of their small island state would suggest. After Tuvalou proposed the creation of a contact group for a ‘Copenhagen Protocol’ (full text of draft here), China’s apparent negative reactions sent the Tuvaluans to motion for a suspension of the talks. The proposed ‘Copenhagen Protocol’ would parallel the current negotiations regarding the Kyoto Protocol (KP). It would be stricter than Kyoto, and legally bind parties to keep global atmospheric CO2 concentrations to 350 parts per million and global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.