Three Reflections a Day Keeps the Teacher Away

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At today’s meeting of the ADP on Section K (Time Frames and Process Related to Commitments/Contributions) of the Co-Chairs’ Non-paper on Elements for a Draft Negotiating Text, the Chinese delegation took the floor for a particularly lengthy period and put forth many suggested changes, additions, and deletions to the Non-paper.  In general, China has been…
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China’s New Climate Economy

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Today I had the pleasure of attending a side-event on “Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change in China” organized jointly by Tsinghua University’s Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, the China Green Carbon Foundation, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the Peoples’ Republic of China, and the China Certification and Accreditation Institute.  All of…
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A Debate Brewing with Regard to Accounting and Transparency of Mitigation Commitments

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Today the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Advancement of the Durban Platform (ADP) had a meeting to discuss the proposals for mitigation commitments contained in the ADP Co-Chairs’ November 11, 2014 Non-Paper on Elements for a Draft Negotiating Text.  In somewhat typical fashion, the meeting finally got off to a start about an hour behind…
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The Growing Trend of South-South Cooperation on Climate Change

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On Monday China’s Chief Climate Negotiator, Mr. Su Wei, offered some interesting views at a COP20 side event on a significant and growing trend in the efforts to tackle climate change – South-South cooperation.  The event, “Perspectives on the 2015 Paris Deal: Options on the road from Lima 2014 to Paris 2015,” was organized by…
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Developing INDCs: Experiences from Developing Countries and Emerging Lessons

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On the sidelines of the first day of COP20, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network hosted an event on lessons and experiences from developing countries in formulating their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).  While Parties continue to debate what elements the INDCs must ultimately consist of and how they should be communicated, many developing countries are…
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Reading Between the Lines on the US-China Climate Agreement

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As noted on this blog yesterday, at the close of the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing, President Obama and President Xi Jinping issued a joint US-China “announcement” on climate change.  The United States announced that it intends to achieve economy-wide emissions reductions of 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, while China for the…
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China: Cause for Despair? Or Cause for Hope?

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As the nations of the world wrapped up last week’s ADP negotiations on the key elements of the 2015 Paris agreement, many observers remained focused on China.  Simply put, the actions that China takes (or doesn’t take) in the next decade or so could very well determine whether humanity can successfully avoid a full-blown climate…
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