So in the first of the blogs while I take some time off to finish my Masters we hear from Nic, a friendly Aussie cleverly disguised as a Brit. A seasoned UNFCCCer he travelled OVERLAND from oz to get to the last CoP in Poland! And definitely knows his stuff. He’s going to give us all a bit more depth into what we actually saw happen in Bonn a couple of weeks ago and what it all means as we hurtle towards Copenhagen.

G’day. Nic here – filling in while Anna’s off getting an education.

This sloth might be happy at the pace these negotiations are moving at but are we?

This dude might be happy at the pace these negotiations are moving at but are we?

So, as Anna concluded last week, the pace of negotiation at Bonn III was slow.

But just how slow?

Well, “only limited progress was made,” said Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. A pretty honest account after a week of optimism.

And actually no breakthroughs were expected in Bonn as the 2,400 participants followed two streams, the KP and the LCA. But we did see some things happen.

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Yesterday I had a meeting with the Swedish delegation, the room was huge and when I sat down in one of the chairs I was wondering whether it would all fill up. A couple of minutes went past and NGOs and representatives from the several different countries poured into the big room. The heads of delegation from the European countries were also invited for this meeting. So when the meeting began most of the seats were taken.

It all began with a presentation of Climate treaty 1.0, which Anders Turesson commented as a constructive and interesting proposal. In my opinion, what would be really interesting is if the European Union actually took the action proposed in this progressive proposal. Among the more interesting points in the proposal and what will be critical in Copenhagen later this year is financing, the proposal solves this through auctioning 10 % of industrialized countries emission allocation.

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English translation below.

Avaaz Stripping2 grader! Detta är budet under de förhandlingar som skett under G8 mötena som började i tisdags. Att de industrialiserade länderna på så vis satt ett övre tak på vad de anser är acceptabelt för hur mycket varmare det får bli är ett steg framåt. Andra siffror som de diskuterat och kommit överens om är att sänka CO2 utsläppen med 80 % fram till 2050 med utgångspunkt från 1990 års nivåer. Vad de hoppas på att detta skulle innebära en global utsläppsminskning på 50 % när utvecklingsländerna tas med i beräkningen. Att de på det här sättet verkligen diskuterar och kommer överens ett tak är ett framsteg och något man inte alls kunnat komma överens om i Bonn.

Men, man bör också ha i åtanke att vad dessa ledare nu har kommit överens om är något som ligger 40 år i framtiden. USAs kommer att år 2050 ha bytt president mellan 5-10 gånger och Sverige kommer att ha haft val 10 gånger under den tiden, och jag själv kommer att vara 63 år. De politiska förutsättningarna kommer med andra ord att förändras under den tiden. Just därför är det viktigt att komma överens om kortsiktiga mål som inte sträcker (more…)

science_questioningOn the 2nd of June India stood up once again to question the science stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), one of the top scientific bodies to prove the existence of climate change. And although it sounds ridiculous, if you look deeper into the Indian argument there is some legitimacy. Or so I believe.

Now when we hear that the IPCC science is being challenged, we automatically assume that means that the challenging party thinks that climate change isn’t happening. That is not the case here. India signed off on the IPCC because it accepted the reality of climate change as described by the report.

So what is India challenging?
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