RTCC: “Governments have set the wrong target to limit climate change. The goal at present – to limit global warming to a maximum of 2°C higher than the average for most of human history – “would have consequences that can be described as disastrous”, say 18 scientists in a review paper in the journal PLOS One.” Read more
Guardian: “In terms of the business of this COP, much of it will be “housekeeping” – clearing the decks on various technicalities so that work can begin soon after on the draft text. But the Warsaw meeting has already provided more drama than was bargained for.” Read more
Guardian: “The US is claiming credit for “enormous” efforts on climate change – delivered in part by the carbon reductions from its investments in the controversial practice of “fracking” for shale gas. The claim came as nearly 200 governments gathered in Doha, Qatar, for two weeks of talks aimed at forging an agreement on the climate. Governments have until 2015 to draw up a binding treaty, the first since the 1997 Kyoto protocol, to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid dangerous global warming.” Read more
SMH: “The next United Nations climate report will ”scare the wits out of everyone” and should provide the impetus needed for the world to finally sign an agreement to tackle global warming, the former head of the UN negotiations said.” Read more
Myles Allen of Oxford with an interesting perspective: “The presumption in climate change negotiations is that “countries with historically high emissions” would be first in line to foot the bill for loss and damage. There may be some logic to this, but if you are an African (or Texan) farmer hit by greenhouse-exacerbated drought, is the European or American taxpayer necessarily the right place to look for compensation? As any good lawyer knows, there is no point in suing a man with empty pockets. The only institution in the world that could deal with the cost of climate change without missing a beat is the fossil fuel industry: BP took a $30bn charge for Deepwater Horizon, very possibly more than the total cost of climate change damages last year, and was back in profit within months. Of the $5 trillion per year we currently spend on fossil energy, a small fraction would take care of all the loss and damage attributable to climate change for the foreseeable future several times over.”
Just a day after signing the Durban accord, Canada commits an act that is condemned at home and abroad. China calls it “preposterous.”
Two weeks of tense global climate talks end in Bonn nowhere near agreement in the three key areas of finance, greenhouse gas emission cuts and the future of the Kyoto protocol. The economic crisis in Europe and elsewhere is making it harder to make progress, the secretariat maintains.
Major nations including Japan, Canada and Russia have refused to be part of it in the second commitment beyond 2012. Climate Progress reports that this and other disagreements threaten the protocol’ continuance.
Developing nations had been promised funding for adaptation 18 months ago, but it has not been forthcoming. Despite increasingly dire warnings from scientists, no progress is expected in Bonn. CO2 in the atmosphere has reached nearly 395 ppm.