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December 20, 2009

That’s where the energy is going at the minute- chasing the aftermath of Copenhagen. Have posted a few things there today (Dec 20th)

Marc Roberts fantastic post-Copenhagen cartoon can be seen there, but also at his site

Cheers and merry solstice and Atheistmas and all that.


Climate Slamdown!

December 15, 2009

Hey all,
can’t find the time (I work full-time, and am currently last man standing) to update Coping with Copenhagen at the minute. BUT my collaborators Arwa and Marc and I are doing spiffing daily updates/summaries.

These are freely downloadable from

And Marc is doing his amazing cartoons at

And we’re going to have our post-copenhagen cartoon out by Saturday evening (unless the conference runs overtime massively…)

Those proposals in full…

December 10, 2009

This below from the latest IISD info

COP President Hedegaard indicated that proposals relating to adoption of new protocols under the Convention had been received from five countries: Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Tuvalu and the US (FCCC/CP/2009/3-7).

TUVALU outlined its proposed protocol, which he said would complement but not replace the Kyoto Protocol. He indicated that his draft protocol follows the elements of the BAP closely, sets out a shared vision and the goals of limiting temperature increase to well below 1.5°C and stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations at 350 ppm at the most. He said parties in Copenhagen should adopt two legally-binding agreements: a Protocol amendment and a new “Copenhagen Protocol.” He proposed a contact group to work on this agenda item.

COSTA RICA described its proposal for a Copenhagen Protocol and supported a legally-binding agreement.

JAPAN outlined its proposal, which includes reducing global emissions by at least 50% from current levels by 2050, provisions for developed country commitments, developing country action and financial and technological cooperation. He said it requires all major economies to participate in a single new legally-binding protocol. AUSTRALIA said a new treaty is the best way to achieve a collective outcome and the US outlined its proposal for a legally-binding agreement under the Convention.

INDIA, CHINA, SAUDI ARABIA, SOUTH AFRICA and others opposed a new protocol. CHINA urged a focus on implementing the existing commitments under the Convention and Protocol and adopting an ambitious outcome under the Bali Roadmap and BAP.

Climate Action Network (CAN), for ENGOs, urged a fair, ambitious and legally-binding deal in Copenhagen. She called for agreement on Annex I targets for a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol and said the US should commit to similar targets as other Annex I parties in a legally-binding form. YOUTH expressed concerns that some of the new proposals being tabled would be “tantamount to carbon colonialism.” She urged respect for the UN process, recognition of historical responsibility, and upholding and enhancing the Kyoto Protocol.

COP President Hedegaard proposed establishing a contact group on this item. This was supported by Grenada, for AOSIS, as well as BARBADOS, TUVALU, COSTA RICA, BELIZE, BAHAMAS, SENEGAL, KENYA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, COOK ISLANDS, PALAU and the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

However, SAUDI ARABIA, with INDIA, VENEZUELA, ALGERIA, KUWAIT, OMAN, NIGERIA, ECUADOR and CHINA, opposed a contact group and preferred that the COP President or a Vice-President hold informal consultations.

COP President Hedegaard indicated that in the absence of consensus on forming a contact group, she had no option but to consult informally. TUVALU, supported by AOSIS, argued that this agenda item required formal consideration, and proposed suspending the COP until the issue is resolved. The COP was then suspended.

Following informal consultations, COP President Hedegaard reported back in the evening that consultations on the issue would continue and that she would report back to the COP plenary on Thursday morning.

Climate Slamdown

December 9, 2009

So, it begins. We are putting up daily summaries of what’s been going on over at Climate Slamdown…

Welcome to the Nightmare

December 5, 2009

So, a top developing world negotiatior gets disinvited, [it’s like disappeared, only less permanent] thanks to arm twisting by Uncle Sam, and the FT reports that the UN admits there’ll be no specific money promises from the rich countries. (It’s stuff like this that make the FT worth £2 a day)

Shaping up for a great success, then…

If it doesn’t matter who wins, why keep score?

December 3, 2009

Climate Scoreboard

The Climate Scoreboard is a new, easily accessible tool for understanding and tracking the global climate change negotiations in real time.

This new online resource — an embeddable widget, a short video, and a set of graphs and a table — reports, on a daily basis, the long-term climate implications of proposals to the United Nations negotiations in Copenhagen.

The Scoreboard team will follow the negotiations in Copenhagen from day to day, and continue tracking progress in the months following the conference, addressing the question: if current proposals for emissions reductions were implemented how much future warming would be avoided?

You lite up my life…

December 3, 2009

New Climate Lite briefing ‘Getting the US Back on Board an International Climate Regime: Legal Options and Risks’ by Farhana Yamin is now available from as a one-page briefing (PDF) or 4min clip.

Climate Lite is a series of short jargon-free briefings produced by IDS and the Climate Change and Development Centre. It is aimed at busy policymakers and field practitioners interested in learning about emerging issues connecting climate change and development.

If you want further information on the series or to become a contributor please visit