Emission targets


Dear Climate Friends,

I am sorry for the late follow up on the week that was the UN climate talks in Bonn… but when you are “afloat on a sea of brackets,” (Yvo de Boer, UN climate chief) time and space become rather distorted….

another week... another wrap

another week... another wrap

As you know, we were watching out (with baited breath and crossed fingers) for progress on some key areas during the Bonn 3 talks, namely:

  • condensing the “indigestible” set of proposals into a manageable document
  • meaningful discussion on emission reduction targets
  • finance proposals from developed countries

So, how did those 3 areas track?…

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IN ENGLISH AFTER THE JUMP

Conclusa la conferenza di Bonn III si guarda avanti al prossimo grande appuntamento dell’UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Bangkok, Tailandia, dove dal 28 di settembre al 9 di ottobre si terrà la nona sessione del AWG-KP e la settima sessione del AWF-LCA.

La speranza è che cambi qualcosa nei prossimi quattro mesi, che il processo negoziale acceleri e che non si continui a sentire lo stesso ritornello “qui procede tutto con lentezza”, poiché un accordo sul clima a Copenhagen non è affatto qualcosa di scontato.

Ma qual è la situazione attuale delle negoziazioni?

Gli argomenti principali sul quale si tratta sono la mitigazione, la riduzione delle emissioni derivate dalla deforestazione e dal degrado delle foreste (REDD), il trasferimento di tecnologie, l’adattamento e la finanza. (more…)

UNFCCC Plénière, Bonn 2009

UNFCCC Plénière, Bonn 2009

La longue ritournelle des discussions officielles et informelles suit son cours. Après Bonn I, Bonn II voilà à présent que Bonn III se termine. Les négociations de Bonn III n’étaient pas « officielles » mais informelles, elles avaient pour objectif de réduire le document de négociations pour que les négociateurs puissent enfin se focaliser et discuter sur des points importants, fondamentaux et moins sur des points techniques. En termes plus imagés, il fallait diviser par quatre le document de négociations issu de Bonn II, passer de 200 et 50 pages maximum. (more…)

Sounds frustrating? It is, indeed.

The third and last intercessional in Bonn has finished on Friday, August 14th and again leaves loads of unfinished business behind. I don’t want to repeat what has been said before a million times, but just wrap up what the results mean for us, using the statements of those who should know best, including a short summary of my chat with Nicole Wilke, our German Lead Negotiator.

Yvo de Boer (the guy who is the boss of this whole thing: executive secretary of the UNFCCC):

For any hope of a deal, he said, “the speed of the negotiations must be considerably accelerated at the [next] meeting in Bangkok.” And: “If we continue at this rate, we are NOT going to make it.

Well – speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, US’ lead climate negotiator, Jonathan Pershing, added to the warnings:

“If we don’t have more movement and more consensus than we saw here, we won’t have an agreement.

Dessima Williams, the permanent representative of Grenada to the UN and chairwoman of the Alliance of Small Island States, translated, what this means for us. (more…)

… or I’ll eat my shorts

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Dear climate friends,

My role, as your tracker, is to closely follow the Australian delegation, and report back to you what they are saying, doing and championing on our behalf. At key moments in time, I will also ask that you join together with me to put pressure on those very people making decisions about our futures, about the future of our world.

Very important I hear you say, but what’s  this talk about shorts? You’ll have to read to the end to find out…

Yesterday, here in Australia, the senate voted down the Government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. While some say this is a loss for our climate, I say this is an opportunity for our Government to upgrade Australia’s climate change policy, and commit to an emissions reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. Now, more than ever before, is the time to raise our concerns loudly to our political representatives and let our government know we want to see Australia be a global climate leader and take the level of action historical responsibility demands.

So, to that end, I have worked with various NGO friends here in Australia to come up with a call to action (see below). Right now we are distributing this ask widely through our e-networks. Can you help us to get this message out even wider?

How to take action

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Entre 15 et 21% de réduction des émissions ? Quel avenir laissent-ils à leurs enfants ?

Entre 15 et 21% de réduction des émissions ? Quel avenir laissent-ils à leurs enfants ?

Parfois, ces négociations sur le climat peuvent donner l’impression que l’on revient un ou deux siècles en arrière. L’impression que les générations futures devront nettoyer les errements et les faiblesses des négociateurs de 2009 devient de plus en plus tenace. En utilisant une métaphore, cela fait étrangement penser à ces enfants que l’on envoyait dans les cheminées dans des temps heureusement résolus. Des gens riches et fortunés pouvaient se permettre de se chauffer, de consommer du fioul, du charbon, et autres matières fossiles et se payaient après les services de jeunes hères sans le sou pour ramoner leur cheminée qu’ils avaient empli au cours de l’année.

Le climat, c’est pareil. Une génération, voire même plusieurs générations, depuis les années 1850 a sali le conduit de la cheminée à tel point qu’il devient de plus en plus impossible de respirer dans la maison. Et alors, que les générations passées et dirigeantes actuellement en fonction pourraient prendre leur responsabilités et agir dès maintenant; elles semblent envoyer le message suivant aux plus pauvres et aux jeunes : “nous ne sommes responsables de rien, si problème il y a, on vous enverra nettoyer la cheminée qui semble être de plus en plus encrassée”.

C’est clairement en substance ce qu’aurait pu dire Yvo de Boer, secrétaire général de la Convention sur les Changements Climatiques en informant publiquement que les pays de l’annexe I (ou développés sans les USA) allaient s’engager sur une réduction comprise entre 15 et 21%. Petit rappel, les scientifiques du GIEC appellent à une réduction d’au moins 25%. Comment ces pays peuvent-ils rassemblés au G8 s’engager à maintenir le réchauffement sous la barre de 2°C et ensuite proposer des cibles de réductions aussi honteuses.

Pour une fois, je me permets un mot personnel, je suis simplement despéré par cette annonce, même si nous le savons depuis le mois de juin, le savoir à présent officiellement devient quelque chose de vraiment dur à accepter. Rester à savoir à présent quelle va être la réaction des pays en développement, des pays les plus menacés par les changements climatiques, les ONG et les jeunes.

Il reste encore 4 mois pour trouver un accord à Copenhague, mais ne vaut-il pas mieux d’accord qu’un accord qui signe notre engagement à aller tous ensemble dans le mur avant 2050 ?

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It would appear New Zealand don't even care about saving their own spectacular landscape for future generations to enjoy!

Day two at Bonn III and negotiations are in full swing. I can picture perfectly in my head what it’s like as people run between rooms, follow the negotiations, have meetings by the fountains and try and find time in-between all that’s going on to grab some food. If any one is reading this in Bonn a rather good discovery we made last time was the 60-cent ice cream in the Ministry of Environment café!

But anyway, alas I am not there, I am here in the UK writing my dissertation and trying to follow what is going on from afar.

Yesterday the main news came from New Zealand who announced their emission reduction targets.

Don’t get too excited!

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