Tag: UNFCCC

Bangkok Dispatch: Now It’s Our Turn

Written by | October 15th, 2009

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The international climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand ended last week with little progress but a clear directive. Political leaders must give their negotiating teams some parameters to enable real negotiations to take place and reach a final agreement in Copenhagen in December. The talks didn’t really do too much more or less than expected. We […]

Cool Green Morning: Monday, August 31

Written by | August 31st, 2009

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Cool Green Morning, defined: 1) We find the most interesting 5 green links every weekday morning. 2) You look at them. What could be easier? Begin your half of the bargain below… Adapting to climate change will cost the world at least $100 billion per year by 2030, according to a new estimate by former […]

Report from Bonn: Climate Adaptation and Wrangling ’200 Pages of Nonsense’

Written by | August 14th, 2009

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Here’s a guest post from Suzy Menazza, a senior policy advisor for The Nature Conservancy for the Asia-Pacific region, from the international climate negotiations just concluded in Bonn: Suzy Menazza: “What we have is 200 pages of incomprehensible nonsense” — that’s how UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo De Boer commented on the status of the negotiations […]

What Do Conservation and Policy Have to Do With Each Other?

Written by | August 13th, 2009

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Here’s a guest post from Rane Cortez, one of The Nature Conservancy’s policy advisors on reducing emissions from deforestation, who is back in Bonn for more international climate negotiations. Rane Cortez: It seems like just yesterday that I was here for the “Bonn II” round of international climate negotiations earlier this year. When we came […]

Dispatches from Bonn: A Small Step Closer to Copenhagen

Written by | June 12th, 2009

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The hallways are clearing out here on the last day of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn. Two weeks of negotiations and meetings have resulted in a long document, a lot of options and a lack of leadership. For the Conservancy, we’ve seen a couple of steps forward, and some steps back as well. On […]

Dispatch from Bonn: Ecosystem-based Adaptation is In

Written by | June 12th, 2009

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Here’s a second post submitted to Grist.org by Trevor Sandwith, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Global Protected Areas Policy. Adaptation: Something Old, Something New, Now Some Money is Also Due At the climate negotiations here in Bonn, the main discussions on adaptation have come to a close after a “second reading” of the draft negotiating […]

Dispatch from Bonn: Where Things Stand

Written by | June 10th, 2009

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Here’s a Q&A with Duncan Marsh, the Conservancy’s director of international climate policy, on how things are progressing at the international discussions on climate change now going on in Bonn. Q: Where do we stand after this first week? Where should the focus be in the last few days? Duncan Marsh: There has been some […]

Dispatch from Bonn: Training for REDD Helps Countries Get Ready

Written by | June 8th, 2009

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Forest Carbon Policy Advisor Rane Cortez tells us about getting the world ready to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation through workshops and online trainings, and how these trainings relate to the climate negotiations underway now in Bonn: Here at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, there is a lot of talk about “getting ready […]

And They’re Off: U.S. ‘Fervently’ Engaged on Climate Talks

Written by | April 1st, 2009

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The first round of UNFCCC negotiations in 2009 started this week in Bonn, Germany, with the much-hailed opening comments from Todd Stern, the United States’ lead negotiator on climate change. Given that the U.S. Congress is at the beginning of discussions about domestic climate legislation and that these are the first international negotiations for Obama’s […]

Will Countries Take Aim?

Written by | December 21st, 2008

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I read a BBC article today about global environmental treaties — you know, like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) –  and whether the targets they set mean anything to governments. Such treaties do seem like a whole lot of work to get countries to finally […]

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