as twenty-five students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) blog about their participation
in the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(COP17) in Durban, South Africa. The students are in Durban to support vulnerable small island states in their negotiations, represent official delegations, lobby, blog and immerse themselves in the arcana of bureaucratic give-and-take. They researched, tracked and wrote briefs on important issues for negotiating teams in preparation for the conference and will be analyzing and defending positions in draft texts of the countries they are representing during negotiations.