The US delegation might need an extra pair of spectacles because they seem to be chronically short-sighted. Despite Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, with the support of Japan, they are trying to remove adaptation and loss & damage from the ADP decision text. Our First-Place Fossil of the Day award is a dead heat between the United States and Japan.
Now, a second pair of spectacles for the
Polish officials who can’t see that the writing is on the wall for the coal industry. Poland win the Second-Place Fossil of the Day for ignoring the clean energy transition and proposing a range of new coal-related projects as part of a new EU 300 billion Euro stimulus package.
Spectacles won’t help with our Third-Place Fossil of the Day winner, Venezuela. This morning Venezuela’s Minister of Foreign Affairs clearly stated that “the problem of climate change is not because of the production of petrol, but for the irrational use of it”.
Our three Ray of the Day award winners are Germany, Peru and Colombia who all pledged vital climate finance. Germany pledged around $60 million to the Adaptation Fund, Peru then pledged $6 million to the Green Climate Fund, and they were then matched by Colombia who pledged an additional $6 million.