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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, November 2, 2009 - 07:44

Right now in Barcelona is the time for Annex I Parties to change their LULUCF strategy and stop looking for cheap and easy credits from this sector. Continuing on this path will undermine the integrity of the Copenhagen climate agreement instead of creating a fair and transparent accounting framework through which industrialized countries take full responsibility for emissions from logging and bioenergy production.

It has already become clear that seriously flawed rules will be challenged by non-Annex I Parties and observers alike. Moreover, continued advocacy for such rules by some Annex I Parties risks a setback in the overall negotiations and raises the necessity for further modifications such as caps or discounting.

Fair and effective forest management accounting rules will provide an incentive to make structural changes in forest management that benefit the climate, and discourage forest management practices that yield little value. Yet the options in the current working text are flagrantly asymmetric.

Sources of debits are variously removed from the accounting altogether, defined away in the reference levels, explained as natural disturbances, or delayed for decades by favorable wood product accounting. Erasing debits is like deciding that nobody will ever fail in a pass/fail system – and will provide about the same amount of motivation for the effort to get forest management right.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, November 2, 2009 - 07:38

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Scotland? Tartan? Golf? Scotch whisky? Now there's something new -- legally binding emissions cuts of 42% by 2020. Scotland has committed to reduce its emissions by that level and 80% by 2050, all relative to 1990 levels. Scotland has also pledged to make at least 80% of these cuts within Scotland and, an important innovation that should be emulated by other Parties, to report annually on all its consumption based emissions as well.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 14:46

Here are just a few photos from the October 24 day of action...more can be found at

Submitted by ECO Editor on Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 22:14

As's International Day of Climate Action winds down, photos are continuing to stream in to the website, showing massive numbers of actions in countries all over the world.  Photos range from a single woman standing in the Ishtar Gate in Iraq to a circle formed in front of the White House.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Friday, October 23, 2009 - 16:37

CAN member, in close collaboration with a large number of partners, has organized close to 5000 actions in over 180 countries around the world on Saturday, October 24th, calling for immediate and aggressive climate action.  It figures to be one of the largest global days of action of all time, on any issue, and looks to provide a boost of momentum in the lead up to Copenhagen.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Friday, October 9, 2009 - 01:40

ECO is sure many delegates here have worked long into the night preparing an important paper for their political bosses. And we are sure many have also seen that same paper sit in in-trays for months without anyone doing anything about it.

Well, imagine how you would feel if you are the IPCC facing a six-year wait after all that hard work to finish the crucial Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) in 2013/14, and the beginning of a third commitment period in which countries will actually be able to respond. It is like asking a doctor for a full check up even if you have no intention to take the medicine or change your diet, no matter what they say.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Friday, October 9, 2009 - 01:37

Submitted by ECO Editor on Friday, October 9, 2009 - 00:57

On Thursday, a new text on REDD left out vital wording on protecting natural forests in the section on principles – safeguards. A host of nations from Ecuador and Brazil to India and the Philippines asked for its reinstatement on the grounds that protecting natural forests is what REDD is meant to be all about.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Friday, October 9, 2009 - 00:23

After returning from these negotiations, every delegation will have to write a Back-to-Office (BTO) report for their superiors.

As some may find this task time consuming, ECO has decided to fill in the BTO template for the Saudi Arabian delegation in particular. This we hope will give them more time to rethink their positions here and make them more constructive in Barcelona and Copenhagen.

Saudi Arabia BTO Report for UNFCCC Bangkok Session

Submitted to Ministry of Petroleum – October 2009

Objective (Obj.) 1: Hinder the adaptation discussion

Achievement: We continued to link response measures to adaptation and to then equate Saudi Arabia to Least Developed Countries. But somehow the GDP difference undermined
our argument.

Obj. 2: Exaggerate Saudi’s vulnerability to response measures

Achievement: We were making good progress, but an unexpected release of an International Energy Agency report proved that OPEC would actually make four times more money by 2030 under a 450ppm scenario (see table below). We tried to refute this in an interview but the journalists just did not buy it.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Friday, October 9, 2009 - 00:18

Finally, a country has stepped up to adopt a target approaching the scale needed to avoid dangerous climate change. Congratulations Norway; your coalition Government’s target to reduce emissions by 40% below 1990 levels makes you the leader amongst Annex I countries.