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Poland and Germany Shamed -- France receives Ray of the Day

RAY OF THE DAY: FRANCE
France wins tonight’s Ray of the Day—the second in history—for leadership in fighting the EU’s shameful position on LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry). On the first night of the COP, Sweden, Finland, and Austria were Fossilized for pushing a loophole in the accounting of emissions for forest management.

Tonight, the Fossil/Ray Supreme Command Council is pleased to announce, France has come forward with concerns about the EU’s proposal, and calling at the EU Council meeting to close the loophole. If France prevails, Europe’s target will be far more credible; emissions from Europe’s forests will be properly accounted—and the negotiations here in Copenhagen will receive a much-needed jolt of positive news. Other EU member states, take notice!

FIRST PLACE: POLAND
Poland scores first place for actively blocking the proposed unconditional upgrade of the EU's carbon emissions reduction target to 30%. The Polish EU affairs minister, Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, who told the EU Observer, "Clearly, in Copenhagen begins a sequence of events that will end, we hope, in Mexico City and there we will have the tools to assess whether we can make the transition from 20 to 30 percent EU objective."

Raising Europe's target this year is absolutely key to a real climate deal in Copenhagen. CAN urges the European Union to move, in fact, to a 40% cut from 1990 levels by 2020. Trying to block even a move from 20% is more than enough to secure a first-place Fossil for Poland.

SECOND PLACE: GERMANY
Germany wins second place for failing to clarify that climate finance should be additional to existing aid. A week ago, several leaders of the ruling coalition--with support from Development Minister Dirk Niebel, who will be here tomorrow--proposed to the Bundestag that no climate finance should be additional to money already pledged for development assistance. It's an insult to imagine pulling away money promised for famine relief, malaria medicine, and primary school in the developing world, and using that to bargain on climate change. Seven long days have passed, the EU meeting has begun... Germany: break your silence and promise to push for Europe's climate finance to be additional! The world is watching!

THIRD PLACE: NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand for statements yesterday by Prime Minister John Key: "I am not focused on increasing New Zealand’s target. What I am focused on is going to Copenhagen and making sure that New Zealand can successfully negotiate the conditions that we think are important in order for us to achieve a target of 10 to 20 percent. If we do not negotiate those conditions, we will not be able to achieve a target of 10 to 20 percent and we would have to have a lower target. ...If New Zealand were to achieve a target of 10 percent less, that would be a significant milestone."

Canada Declared 'Prize Fossil'. Tuvalu Wins First Ever Ray of the Day

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TUVALU WINS FIRST EVER 'RAY OF THE DAY'
In an historic new award, NGOs from around the world united in voting Tuvalu the first ever winner of Ray of the Day -- to be given on rare occasions for actions to substantially advance progress in global climate talks. The tiny Pacific island nation was celebrated today for its bold proposal to discuss a legal outcome from the Copenhagen summit. Along with other small islands Tuvalu will be one of the first victims of rising seas as warmer temperatures melt glaciers and expand oceans.

FIRST PLACE FOSSIL: CANADA and CROATIA
Canada and Croatia share first for pushing in a Kyoto Protocol contact group against the 1990 base year. Canada in particular has been relentlessly opposed to measuring emissions in relation to the internationally accepted base year of 1990, in favor of--as a senior negotiator put it in a stakeholder meeting--a "more contemporary" base year. Could Canada's desire to erase the past have something to do with fact that tar sands emissions have more than doubled from 1990 to now? Or is it just an effort to make its tiny little 3% target look a bit bigger?

SECOND PLACE FOSSIL: RUSSIA
Russia wins second place Fossil today for proposing, during the Kyoto Protocol plenary discussion, that Presidenfossilst Medvedev's announced 20-25% reductions were "an important political statement" -- not an actual submission for the Kyoto Protocol. "We will not be ready to submit those most recent figures announced by the president," said Russia's negotiator, "because they were not intended for the KP." If you're not in the Kyoto discussions to discuss Kyoto, what are you here for?

Fossil of the Day delivered to Austrian embassy in Washington DC

Amazing photos coming in from Washington DC just now... Fossil of the Day taken to the source, right to the Austrian embassy!

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Fossil Awards Day 2: World's Shame Rains on Ukraine

fossil12_8_1The world's shame rained on Ukraine today as the Eastern European nation was singled out for not just one but two Fossils dishonours. Ukraine swept first place for having the single worst climate target in the world then collected third prize for refusing to tell anyone how it is using its money from selling emissions credits.fossil12_8_1The world's shame rained on Ukraine today as the Eastern European nation was singled out for not just one but two Fossils dishonours. Ukraine swept first place for having the single worst climate target in the world then collected third prize for refusing to tell anyone how it is using its money from selling emissions credits. Second place, for their shameful oil and gas subsidies, went to an association of industrialized non-EU countries known as the Umbrella Group.

FIRST PLACE: UKRAINE
Ukraine wins first place for having the single worst carbon emissions reduction target in the world: a -20% reduction from 1990 levels... which means a 75% increase from current levels. The semi-technical term for this sort of "reduction"--note the quotation marks--is hot air. It's this hot air that was sold to Japan; it's this kind of hot air that is boiling the climate; and it's this kind of hot air that will keep Ukraine and other dedicated emitter in the Fossil rankings until they see the light.

SECOND PLACE: THE UMBRELLA GROUP (Industrialized non-EU countries: Canada, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States and Australia)
A fossil for the Umbrella Group for proposing in this morning's SBSTA plenary that carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects should qualify as CDM projects. The brollies have gotten used to subsidizing the coal and oil industries in their own countries--but do they really have to subsidize the same dirty companies in developing countries too? The CDM should be reserved for projects that move developing countries towards actual clean energy solutions. Umbrella Group, good luck capturing and sequestering your Fossil Award!

THIRD PLACE: UKRAINE
Ukraine wins third--and its second Fossil of the Day… of the day!--for refusing to tell anyone how it is using its money from selling emissions credits. Ukraine has sold Japan €300 million worth of emissions permissions. It's required by its own treaty obligations to explain where that money is going. But when Ukraine's NGOs asked, their government refused to answer. The transparency fight is now in court--but perhaps the shaming power of the Fossil Awards will bring Ukraine's government to relent.

From Copenhagen with love

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Merhilda here!  I'm the deep sea guardian of the Magical Fossils Award Safe. Every evening at 6pm (CET) I come up from the frigid waters of Copenhagen Harbour to deliver the results from the day's super-secret CAN-Int meeting. It's good fun being inside the Bella Center since I spend most of my day sunbathing on a rock, but somehow I never seem to tan even with all the international paparazzi taking photos of me with flash.

Speaking of photos, did you see the wonderful audience at the awards ceremony yesterday evening? Our lovely set was overflowing! :-) Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication in bringing the awards to life.

Until tonight...

From Copenhagen with love,

Merhilda

P.S.- If you'd like to find out how come these countries were the best at doing their worst at the negotiations, please check out our press releases in the media section of our website.

Shock Fossil to Austria, Nordic countries on first day of Copenhagen!

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The Fossil of the Day awards got started with a roar today, with some claiming it to be the largest and most dramatic awards in recent memory. The awards carried some dramatic surprises - although the usual suspects claimed the two lower places, Saudi Arabia and Canada respectively, second place was awarded to Austria, Finland and Sweden for attempting to cook the books and reap unfair gains because of their large existing forests. First place went to ALL industrialised countries - for an overwhelming lack of ambition, as Annex 1 countries seem to be in a race to the bottom as the rest of the world looks on in horror.

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Pictured above is the presenter of the Fossil of the Day awards - Mr. Ben Wikler of Avaaz.org - having a chat with the Austrian delegate. I'm sure we'll see a change of position shortly!

Links:
Press release: http://www.fossiloftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Fossil-of-the-D...
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/europeactionfactory/

Watch this place for local deliveries over the next 24 hours!

Ready to go LIVE in 3..2..1..

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Excited? I am!  We're hours away from the official start of COP15, what many have already dubbed "the most important (climate) meeting of the century".
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Excited? I am!  We're hours away from the official start of COP15, what many have already dubbed "the most important (climate) meeting of the century".

But do you know what delegates, observers and even the UN staff look forward to the most  after a long stressful day of negotiations?

You got it!  The Fossil of the Day Awards Ceremony, everyday at 6:00 pm! We get to call out the "winners" of the day and shame them for blocking negotiations when no one else dares to do it publicly.

In Barcelona, we upped our game by bringing in some outside help... some lost Aliens from Plan(et) B invaded the conference to find "climate leaders". Perhaps they'll find some Climate Leaders in Copenhagen so we can award the first ever "Ray of the Day" award live on location. [caption id="attachment_81" align="alignright" width="300" caption="LULUCFrank of the Planet B Alien Delegation is a big fan of the Fossils!"][LULUCFrank of the Planet B Alien Delegation is a big fan of the Fossils![/caption]

This time, we have so much in store for you! For one thing, "it's gone classy!" as remarked by Mr. Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, as he walked by the booth Sunday morning.  Oh, Mr. Pershing, you only saw the trophies,  you haven't seen the rest of it yet! I won't leak too much, you'll just have to come by the CAN International booth at 6:00 pm or watch us online!

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