It's a shame that climate negotiators can't at least enjoy the beaches
Cancun talks, week 2: The Apocalypse
Commentators are so pessimistic about the odds of success at the United Nations? Cancun climate change talks that they?ve been talking about failure in Mexico since Copenhagen failed. Now the Cancun talks have actually begun? it?s an apocalypse! Negotiators are now hoping for a two-year deadline for industrialized nations to sign on for emissions cuts after Kyoto expires in 2012. But the old industrialized versus developing nation rivalries have resurfaced (really, they never went away).
Meanwhile, Harvard?s Robert Stavins has a formula for what success might look like in Cancun. Continue reading The Alternative Agenda: Cancun Talks Plod Onward, Chinese Solar on a Hot Streak
Yvo de Boer: Private sector bound
Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, announced this morning his intention to step down on July 1 and work for the global consultancy KPMG. The KPMG announcement is here.
His resignation comes as confidence in the ability of countries to come up with a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol is at a low ebb, following the failure to reach an agreement in Copenhagen last December. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will appoint de Boer’s successor in consultation with the UNFCCC, Bloomberg reports. Continue reading Yvo De Boer Quits as Top UN Climate Official
President Obama: "Time for talk is over."
President Barack Obama has arrived in frigid Copenhagen for the last day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference as divisions between developed and developing nations remain very real, dampening chances for a substantial binding climate change agreement.
Speaking to delegates at the plenary session Obama said:
The time for talk is over, this is the bottom line: We can embrace this accord, take a substantial step forward. We can do that and everyone who is in this room will be part of an historic endeavor or we can choose delay. We will back here making the same stale arguments, year after year, perhaps decade after decade, all until the danger of climate change grows until it is irreversible.
Continue reading COP15: Obama in Copenhagen, Chances for Binding, Meaningful Agreement Slim