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UNFCCC Intersessional in Bangkok ends with positive mood.

UNFCCC Intersessional in Bangkok ends with positive mood. | International action on climate change | Scoop.it

 

The UNFCCC Intersessional session in Bangkok ended on 5th September on a positive note; 

UK Negotiators were pleased with what has been deemd 'a good meeting', with real appetite to discuss substance.

 

The most positive noises were made on the KP (Kyoto Protocol) in which there was movement toward negotiating text for Doha, the ADP (Durban Platform), in which there are more calls for action and appetite to get the pre-2020 mitigation track moving, and on forests.

 

The Cartagena Dialogue was a stand out success justifying its packed schedule. There has been real work in the experts groups - welcomed by policy leads and workstream leaders, good tactics and strategy, and constructive sharing of concerns and information.

 

 

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One Billion: The Clean Development Mechanism story in numbers

One Billion: The Clean Development Mechanism story in numbers | International action on climate change | Scoop.it

The UN has published "One Billion: The CDM Story in Numbers", a short animation that marks the issuance of the billionth certified emission reduction (CER) credit.


The Clean Development Mechanism allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2. These CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialized countries to a meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.


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UNFCCC - The last day in Bangkok

UNFCCC - The last day in Bangkok | International action on climate change | Scoop.it

UK climate attaché James Godber reports from the UNFCCC Intersessional in Bangkok, where international delegations are hoping to make progress in climate talks ahead of the UN Summit in Doha:


"It’s the last day of the UNFCCC Intersessional and after a full week of meetings, there’s no sign of the work letting up. I am sat in the coffee shop in the UN Centre and although the meetings don’t start for another half an hour it’s already full and there’s a buzz about the place. Everyone is hoping that the discussions today will consolidate and bring together all the work undertaken on the three negotiating tracks, the Ad Hoc working group on Long Term Co-operative Action (AWG-LCA), the Ad Hoc working group on the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc working group on the Durban Platform (ADP).


"Each of these groups looks at different things but they all contribute to our aim of building the international climate change regime required to limit global average temperature rises to below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels."


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2degreelimit We will have further opportunities this year in the run up to #COP18 in Doha & next year to take further steps towards 30% #climateambition



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Greg Barker speaks at parliamentary event on COP 18 Doha

Greg Barker speaks at parliamentary event on COP 18 Doha | International action on climate change | Scoop.it

DECC Minister Greg Barker and FCO Minister Mark Simmonds set out the UK’s approach to international climate change at a Parliamentary event on 11 September. Ministers were joined at the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group’s (APPCCG) event, “Doha and beyond”, by a panel representing Government, business and civil society.

 

The Ministers discussed the UK’s objectives for the UN negotiations both this year in Qatar and in the years ahead, and participants had the opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

 

In his speech Minister Barker highlighted the progress last year at Durban and the positive mood at the recent UNFCCC 'intersessional' negotiations in Bangkok. However he warned that there will be tough decisions ahead if we are to secure a global legally binding agreement by 2015.

 

He also reiterated the UK's support for a 30% EU emmissions reduction target by 2020 and spoke on how he wants to see the UK to become a centre for low-carbon finance and investment.

 

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On the climate change frontline in the South Pacific

On the climate change frontline in the South Pacific | International action on climate change | Scoop.it

Paul Madden, British High Commissioner to Australia, writes about the Pacific Islands Forum in Raratonga, the Cook Islands. Many Pacific islands are already experiencing significant erosion from more extreme climate events and are vulnerable to sea level rise.


"This annual gathering of PIF members (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) and a range of dialogue partners including the UK¸US and China, is a great opportunity to engage with this remote and varied region.


"We were reminded of Britain’s long history here by the fact that at least five of the national flags contained a union jack, and by the picture of HM The Queen which graced the Cook Islands’ cabinet room when we called on the Deputy Prime Minister."


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How’s it greening? A checkup on the UK low-carbon economy

How’s it greening? A checkup on the UK low-carbon economy | International action on climate change | Scoop.it

A new report by Green Alliance shows that the UK's green economy was worth 9.3% of the total economy in 2011.


According to the Green Alliance’s research, the green economy was worth 9.3% of the UK’s total economy in 2011. £23 billion (about C$36 billion), mainly from the private sector, is being invested in low-carbon infrastructure projects in 2012-13, compared to just £3.1 billion (~C$4.9 billion) for high-carbon projects. And green exports to the UK’s six largest trading partners outweighed imports from those countries by £1 billion (~C$1.6 billion).


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