On Science and Climate, Let Us Not Be “the Stupid Generation” says Guyana

Dan here. We’re observing the main COP meeting. Us observers sit in the back here behind the plenary’s parties at their tables, but we can see the various presidents and prime ministers and other ministers clearly across the vast Ceiba room. Pres. Rafael Correa of Ecuador spoke about accountability 20 minutes ago, but I was…
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The “Uhn”

  After COP 15, the level of frustration is so high many people are asking whether this process is worth the billions of dollars and energy going into it. The best overused quote of the conference so far: “A little less conversation, a little more action” – Elvis.  



Failure to include local governments

On Friday night at 8:15, I went to a very well attended side event on local government. Panelists included Felix Gonzalez Canto the Governor of Quintana Roo State and mayors from Denmark, Vancouver, Mexico City and North Little Rock, AR. Even though all the panelists are elected government officials, they are only allowed ‘non-governmental organization’…
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Local Partnerships for City Adaptation

  On December 3rd, NOAA sponsored a side event to discuss lessons learned from air quality monitoring in Mexico City and LA over the last 20 years.  The event began with a technical explanation by NOAA of how climate forcing agents and air quality producing pollutants are often the same. The spokesperson from NOAA suggested…
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more bad news for Kyoto’s second commitment period

Now Canada seems to be joining Russia and Japan to not extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2010. On Wednesday Japan stated, “Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto Protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances.”  Yesterday, Christiana Figeres, United Nations climate chief said that Canada is 1/3 countries among the 36 signatories opposed…
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treebay

United Nations Youth Associations, including girl scouts are selling earths.  In addition to their auctioneering skills, they have awesome tee-shirts like “You have been negotiating my entire life.”