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Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment

Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
At the talks, countries were supposed to set out a workplan on negotiations that should result in a new global climate treaty, to be drafted by the end of 2015 and to come into force in 2020. But participants told the Guardian they were downbeat, disappointed and frustrated that the decision to work on a new treaty – reached after marathon late-running talks last December in Durban – was being questioned.

 

No surprise there - global climate policy has been buried long time ago. Why are green NGOs still trying to revive it when they should be concentrating on alternative approaches?

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A Post-Pollution Path to Global Climate and Energy Progress

A Post-Pollution Path to Global Climate and Energy Progress | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Continued failure in talks over emission limits prompts a new wave of calls for advancing smart energy choices.

 

At the NY Times Dot Earth blog Andrew Revkin makes the case for another clean-energy based approach to global climate policies after Durban. By concentrating on the clean energy revolution instead of reduction of CO2 emissions, he hopes to move beyond the zero-sum game dimension of the current Kyoto path.

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Durban talks: how Connie Hedegaard got countries to agree on climate deal

Durban talks: how Connie Hedegaard got countries to agree on climate deal | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The EU climate chief held her nerve to make US, China and India accept a legally binding agreement to cut carbon emissions..."

 

Although Conny Hedegaard has clearly taken her revenge on her performance in Copenhagen, let's wait with calling her a climate hero until 2015 when we should have a REAL climate deal between developing and developed countries with REAL binding power. What she has achieved now - and once again thumbs up - is no more and no less than 4 years of new diplomatic struggles and that in an ever-worsening economic environment.

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Durban and Brussels: The Artists in the Circus Dome: clueless

Durban and Brussels: The Artists in the Circus Dome: clueless | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas emissions would be cut from 2020 if China decides to follow EU roadmap...

 

The talking travelling circus of climate artists will probably decide to keep travelling and talking. Makes no difference whatsoever to the climate crisis. How much this resembles what is happening in Brussels these days. Leaders have lost the plot and are left clueless.

 

Note: "Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos" is a wonderful German movie from 1968 by Alexander Kluge.

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New Greenpeace Report: Who's holding us back?

New Greenpeace Report: Who's holding us back? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The corporations most responsible for contributing to climate change emissions and profiting from those activities are campaigning to increase their access to international negotiations and, at the same time, working to defeat progressive legislation on climate change and energy around the world." (Greenpeace)

 

 

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At Durban, the big emitters will no doubt fail us again on climate change

At Durban, the big emitters will no doubt fail us again on climate change | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

John Vidal in the Guardian: "World leaders have reduced climate change to a low-grade, backroom discussion. But developing countries are getting angry."

 

Our European leaders are busy saving Europe, no? And in the U.S., Obama and the Anti-American, anti-science party are preparing elections. So climate change will have to wait a few years. I guess it is time to start building the Second Ark.

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China Outlines Cuts in Carbon Emissions

With global climate talks set to begin next week, China on Tuesday issued the most comprehensive document yet on its plans and negotiating positions on emissions.

 

Unfortunately, this White Paper is in my opinion nothing more than a tactical tool to shift the blame and the responsibility for future big action on the rich, developed countries. China should stop positioning itself as a "developing" country.

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What can U.N. climate talks in Durban deliver?

(Reuters) - "Delegates from nearly 200 countries meet in South Africa from November 28 for major climate talks with the most likely outcome modest steps toward a broader deal to cut greenhouse pollution to fight climate change."

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The Triumph of King Coal: Hardening Our Coal Addiction

The Triumph of King Coal: Hardening Our Coal Addiction | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Despite all the talk about curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the world is burning more and more coal. The inconvenient truth is that coal remains a cheap and dirty fuel — and the idea of “clean” coal remains a distant dream.

 

Scary article by Fred Pearce on Yale Environment 360. It also makes the connection with the Durban climate summit and South-Africa's coal addiction.

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New Research Reveals Pathways for Action on Climate Change | World Resources Institute

New Research Reveals Pathways for Action on Climate Change | World Resources Institute | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"A new paper published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Government of Ireland, entitled Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches, reviews more than 130 proposals put forward by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and academics to design a climate regime capable of delivering adequate mitigation action."

 

Problem is that we do not lack good proposals but that we lack political will.

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World Bank: ditch fossil fuel subsidies to address climate change

World Bank: ditch fossil fuel subsidies to address climate change | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Leaked documents seen by Guardian say rich countries should use money to help poorer countries adapt to climate change...
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Can game theory save the UN climate talks?

Can game theory save the UN climate talks? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The Guardian's John Vidal looks at a proposal by the Potsdam Institute to use game theory to save the UN climate talks. Like all game theory, looks good on paper only.

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Why is it so easy to save the banks – but so hard to save the biosphere?

Why is it so easy to save the banks – but so hard to save the biosphere? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Agreements to bail out banks happen in days – but despite some good progress at Durban, we still don't have a legally binding deal to bail out the planet...
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Durban Platform deal postpones necessary global climate action to uncertain future

Durban Platform deal postpones necessary global climate action to uncertain future | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"There are positive and negative dimensions to the agreement reached in overtime at the Durban climate summit. The “good” news is that the climate train remains on track - the bad news is that the final destination is still global climate chaos. The Kyoto Protocol has been saved but the goal of limiting temperature increases to the 2 degrees Celsius target should most likely be shelved. Political “realism” has defeated societal urgency and necessity."

 

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Ban welcomes climate change deal reached at UN conference in Durban

Ban welcomes climate change deal reached at UN conference in Durban | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa ...

 

The Zombie Train remains on the rails ... on road to 3-6 degrees Celcius climate disaster. Welcome to the good news.

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Bridging the Emissions Gap to Meet 2-Degree Target Doable - UNEP

Bridging the Emissions Gap to Meet 2-Degree Target Doable - UNEP | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Cutting emissions by 2020 to a level that could keep a global, 21st century, temperature rise under 2 degrees C is technologically and economically feasible, says a comprehensive new study released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)."

 

If you read carefully what is required (accelerated uptake of renewables, more energy efficiency, more public transport and strong mitigation efforts from aviation and shipping), you know that this is a wishful thinking report which is politically irrealistic.

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Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leaked online

Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leaked online | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A file containing 5,000 emails has been made available in an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of 2009's similar release...

 

Another year, another climate summit, another "climategate"? Who is behind this hacking?

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Rich nations 'give up' on new climate treaty until 2020

Rich nations 'give up' on new climate treaty until 2020 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Ahead of critical talks and despite pledge for new treaty by 2012, biggest economies privately admit likelihood of long delay...
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EU finance ministers reaffirm climate financing

(Reuters) - EU finance ministers on Tuesday signed off on more than 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) in short-term funding to help developing countries adapt to climate change and curb emissions..."


This is positive news but with growing debt challenges, will the EU's resolve on providing climate finance deliver in the long run?

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Denmark committed to 40% emissions reduction in 2020

Denmark committed to 40% emissions reduction in 2020 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Denmark’s new coalition government, elected last month, has adopted a new, more ambitious climate policy committing the country to reduce its GHG emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020 through domestic action.

 

With Denmark becoming the next EU Presidency in 2012, this is an excellent development.

 

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Lowering expectations for Durban does not solve climate crisis

Lowering expectations for Durban does not solve climate crisis | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"All in all, the signs for Durban are looking pretty gloomy and the political game of downplaying expectations for Durban in the hope of some minor “victory” on technical issues – or even worse, like in Cancun, simply “keeping the process alive” – will not solve the climate crisis. The lack of real global leadership is nothing less than tragic."

Read my latest op-ed for the Greening Europe Forum.

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Heads of state urge peers to turn climate change into ‘economic opportunity’

Heads of state urge peers to turn climate change into ‘economic opportunity’ | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Nine former and current heads of state took to the stage at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting ... to urge their peers to agree on specific measures to curtail global greenhouse gas emissions in the face of continued economic headwinds."

More nice rhetoric from the political elites; the "climate policy is an economic opportunity" argument is clearly not working as Durban impasse looms.

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