Yesterday evening Yale students met with members of the Indonesian Delegation to discuss their perspective on climate change governance and hear first hand of the impacts of climate change on their country.

Our discussion opened with the delegates telling a somber tale of the affects of El Nino, an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that is likely increasing in intensity and frequency due to global warming. The 1997 El Nino caused severe forest fires in Indonesia. El Ninos, in general, have significant consequences for two groups of Indonesians: farmers and fishermen. Farmers, especially those in Java, face water scarcity in the dry season and flooding in the wet season. Recently, these agricultural areas have been hit with cyclones, a phenomenon new to Indonesia. El Nino also increases the height of ocean waves…

The number of Clean Development Mechanism projects registered has expanded rapidly this year, with close to 3,000 projects currently in the pipeline. However, there are growing concerns regarding the additionality requirement for projects, both that it is somewhat ineffective in its current form and that it effectively excludes the type of small-scale projects that reap the best development dividends.

Yesterday’s meeting in Bali featured a side conference on carbon finance. A session titled “Additionality: never-ending story or workable solutions” provided a remarkably frank discussion of the shortcomings of the current additionality test for CDM projects and potential ways to reform the system. Participants acknowledged that the current CDM additionality test has some substantive problems. Lex de Jonge from the CDM Executive Board discussed how barrier analysis alone is not…

The Conference of the Parties 13 is in full force – and Yale certainly is on the scene. Attending plenaries and side events aplenty, informal sessions on actual discussions on the text, interviewing delegates and helping spread awareness on the important role of deforestation in fighting climate change…there is much going on and much to be done. Today, December 7, members of the Yale delegation are currently at the IPCC briefing of its fourth report, especially the Synthesis Report released last month (Nov 16th) – a very climate policy-relevant assessment. Dr. Pachuri states that this report looks at the observed evidence of climate change, the causes and drivers of change, and an assessment of impacts, especially long term impacts, comparing action versus inaction.

The Yale delegation is also today…

Over twenty Yale F&ES students and three faculty are attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Bali, December 3-14, 2007.

Official UNFCC website: unfcc.int