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December 2, 2010 - 12:24pm

There isn’t much reason to praise the United States these days, so ECO is pleased to report that the US got it right in yesterday’s SBI contact group.  Echoed by supportive interventions from Mexico, the EU and Bangladesh, the United States highlighted that enhancing observer participation is not for the benefit of the observers, but rather is to benefit the Parties and the entire UNFCCC...

December 2, 2010 - 12:20pm

ECO has noticed that there’s a lot of talk in the UNFCCC meetings about what countries will promise, pledge, commit to, and otherwise say that they’re really, really going to do.
Much less frequently do we hear that countries are actually achieving emissions reductions. That adds to the pleasure of seeing the announcement yesterday that Brazil’s deforestation rate has fallen to...

December 2, 2010 - 10:09am

Delegates arrive by plane and eat food that’s been shipped by boat – international transport has been part of the COP since the beginning.  And while there are 100% biodiesel buses bringing delegates from the Messe to the Moon Palace, we are a long way (whether by plane or boat) from having international transport running on clean fuel.  
Even if the weak voluntary measures proposed...

December 2, 2010 - 10:07am

Forest management is surely as important as everyone knows, but peatlands that have been drained for agriculture and other purposes are also important emissions hotspots globally.
Yet incentives for Annex I countries to reduce these emissions under the Kyoto Protocol were minimal in the first commitment period. In fact, accounting for land use activities associated with the drainage...

December 2, 2010 - 10:04am

ECO did some maths and was astounded to find that surplus Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) under the Kyoto Protocol range between 7 to 11 GT CO2 for the first commitment period.  That’s well more than one-third of all 2020 emissions reduction targets currently pledged by Annex I countries! ECO thinks that is the definition of a wake-up call.
If all of those surplus AAUs are carried over...

December 2, 2010 - 10:01am

Remember the Gigatonne Gap? It’s the gap of 9 gigatonnes of CO2-equivalent between country pledges in the Copenhagen Accord and the emission reductions needed to avoid a temperature increase above 2o C.

December 2, 2010 - 9:59am

Negotiations have started off strong this week on the establishment of a global climate fund and associated governance arrangements.
There are high hopes for text to be agreed here in Cancun, but a fair and equitable fund must have principles of gender equality at its core.
Women are on the front-lines of the climate crisis. When natural disasters strike, they hit poor...

December 2, 2010 - 9:58am

As we eagerly anticipate the release of an actual LCA mitigation text, ECO is confident that it is realistic to expect substantial progress here in Cancun.
The new text will need to tackle some very controversial issues. One of the biggest debates currently underway is the inscription of emission pledges by parties. Not only does the magnitude of the pledges determine of the size of...

December 2, 2010 - 9:56am

Dear Annex I Country,

    I read your ad with much interest - I am currently on holiday in Cancun and would be open to a no-strings attached romance.

But you should also know that for a few years now I have been looking for a long term commitment. I am at a (tipping) point in my life where I have a strong desire for a reliable companion to fill a (gigatonne) gap in my heart...

December 2, 2010 - 9:54am

#1 - Saudi Arabia, Norway, 
Kuwait, Algeria, UAE, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar & Jordan
For continuing to propose the inclusion of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the CDM.