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COP15 and the Copenhagen Accord – A Flawed Process, A Flawed Outcome

As the huge build-up and anticipation of the COP15 climate conference begins now to recede into history and the world peers down the road to Mexico City and COP16, I take stock of my own experience in Copenhagen and what I think of the process and result of the two-week climate negotiations. “On the brink of collapse” Every morning, as I crunched my bowl …

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COP15: Friday Roundup – The Heavy Lifting Begins

A roundup of what I saw and heard today at the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen: Week one of the COP15 climate change conference draws to a close here in Copenhagen, and negotiation now move into their next, crucial face tomorrow as ministers arrive tomorrow to start informal talks with Danish Minister for the UN Climate Conference, Connie Hedegaard. The starting point for those …

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China Proposes Emissions Target Ahead of COP15

On the heels of president Obama’s announcement earlier this week that he will attend the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen and propose firm (if inadequate) emissions targets, Chinese officials have stated they will also propose mitigation targets in Copenhagen. The move from the two largest greenhouse gas emitters has some breathing a sigh of relief in the final days before the start of the …

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News Break: Obama to Attend COP15 Climate Conference

After several weeks of speculation over whether president Obama would attend the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen next month, the White House confirmed today that he will go. Obama plans on arriving on the 9th of December, two days after the start of the conference, to deliver a speech to the international delegations. Obama is traveling to Norway on the 10th to pick up …

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A Sense of Urgency Ahead of Cop15?

I am currently in the Maryland countryside, participating in a Transatlantic Media Dialog hosted by the German Embassy and the Ecologic Institute. The mission of the event is, in part, to serve as a followup to the efforts the German foreign ministry has made in recent months to create a better understanding of German energy and climate policy, including the international environmental journalist press …

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Opening Press Briefing: Barcelona Climate Talks – “The Time is Up”

Characterizing the final five-day negotiating round in Barcelona as “not a spectacular session, but… an important one,” UNFCCC Yvo de Boer told reporters that the “time is up,” in achieving the mandate spelled out in 2007 with the “Bali Roadmap” at the COP13 climate conference. The talks this week in Barcelona is the last opportunity for negotiators to prepare the foundation from which a …

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