peruAs delegates begin to reflect on the limited success of the UN Climate Change negotiations in Warsaw which ended last week, eyes are now turning optimistically to Peru as the incoming president of COP20 in 2014.
Tacloban_Typhoon_Haiyan_Trocaire/ Wikimedia CommonsIn early November, during the meeting at Chatham House in London, Todd Stern, U.S. special envoy for the climate negotiations, expressed once again the refusal of the U.S. to agree on a mechanism of loss and damage  if this was based on the compensation due to the responsibility for historical emissions of developed countries. This same negative was expressed by European countries individually and as a block on the eve of the Conference of the Parties in Warsaw.
Friday, 22 November 2013 06:35

Governments can say no to fossil fuels

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fossil fuels The fossil fuel lobby has a disproportionate influence on world leaders, but governments are not as powerless as they pretend.  If we are serious about closing the emission gap this decade and avoiding serious dangerous climate change, our work in finance, technology, and politics must drive decision makers towards saying no to high carbon infrastructure that would lock in emissions for the decades to come. Governments do have the choice to say no.
By Timmons Roberts and Claire Langley


The winter skies were a dim grey as the second and final week began at the United Nations climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.  Sadly, the hopes for an ambitious global effort to address the grave risks of a destabilized climate look similarly dim. 
[caption id="attachment_6975" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Daria Mokhnacheva 2008 Daria Mokhnacheva 2008[/caption] Adaptation, Adaptation, Adaptation:  If there was one call made by experts and panelists in the 1st Symposium for Climate Change and decision makers, held in Montevideo on the 8th October of this year[1], it was that further focus is required on adaptation and climate change, and not just mitigation measures, and that further analysis is needed of the social, and not just financial impacts of climate change, in South America and Latin America as a whole.
Cop18 Doha : opening session of the United Nations Climate Change A new coalition between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) could be just the ticket to rejuvenate the UN climate change negotiations as they enter their third decade next week in Warsaw. This bi-regional partnership can serve as a vehicle to build momentum towards a fair, robust and ambitious agreement. All EU and LAC countries have expressed their will to adopt a new agreement by 2015, and surveys have repeatedly shown that their citizens are very concerned about climate impacts.
Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:18

Ecuador’s climate ambition faces test post Yasuní

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By Guy Edwards and Keith Madden Yasuni This year Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa terminated the Yasuní-ITT Initiative following the lack of international support. Ecuador proposed to keep 846 million barrels of “oil in the soil” under the Yasuní national park in exchange for compensation from the international community.
SIDE_EVENT2 Information Date: Wednesday 13, 2013 Time: 16:45—18:15 Venue: to be confirmed (room 2) The growing challenge of climate change in Latin American is driving some countries in the region to take steps to address climate change within their nations. The objective of this side event is to share the results of the “State and quality of public policies on climate change and development in Latin America” report, as well as experiences from Mexico, Peru and Brazil, while identifying the challenges and opportunities for the region. Panel Daniel Ryan – PCL/FARN Mariana Castillo – CEMDA, México Isabel Calle – SPDA, Peru Carlos Rittl- de Observatorio do Clima de Brasil
[caption id="attachment_6912" align="aligncenter" width="300"]AFP/Getty Images AFP/Getty Images[/caption] The U.S. has a long history of political resistance to the international climate negotiations which has meant that president Obama has had to learn from trial and error. His strategy has not always been successful and at times has been harshly criticized by both Republicans and environmentalists. However, such battles have led Obama to take an alternative route to tackle climate change through a flexible strategy that offers new possibilities to advance the international climate negotiations.