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How Much Longer Can We Ggnore Loss and Damage?

3 Dec 2019

The Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) was set up to address the devastating loss and damage in the most vulnerable developing countries. But 6 years later, it is clear that this international mechanism has become little more than a talk shop with minimal  on-the-ground benefit to the most vulnerable.  When Typhoon Idai swept through Mozambique, the […]

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A #StepUp for Ambition Means a Giant Leap for Humankind

3 Dec 2019

Here at the “People’s COP” it is the people’s position that all Parties should be shooting for the stars by at the very least signalling their intention to increase ambition to their fair share, in line with 1.5ºC. With developed countries taking the lead.  The scientific reality lit up the sky over Katowice last year […]

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We Burn, You Pay: Brazil’s Brand New Negotiation Tactic

3 Dec 2019

Brazil’s Environment minister Ricardo Salles is taking a two-week break from all the trouble back home and enjoying the good wine and tapas in Madrid. In his spare time, he embarrasses his country’s professional diplomats by trying to play negotiator. His tactic: to blackmail richer countries into paying Brazil for burning down the Amazon rainforest. […]

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Not Chile but Spain will host our Latin COP: We have some issues

2 Dec 2019

We want some resonance. A resonance that could amplify Latin American perspectives, visions, and challenges at this so-called “Latin COP”. But here we are, yet again in Europe €“ for another year. Here, we are leaving representatives from different constituencies behind, in just another example of carelessness and insensitivity to the people and peoples who […]

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Ok Boomer Fossil

2 Dec 2019

Ok Boomer Fossil

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Brazil Jails Fire Fighters, Accuses NGOs of Starting Fires

2 Dec 2019

Hey, have you heard the one about the NGOs, the volunteer firefighters and the movie star who torched the Amazon forest so the government would get the blame? Crazy, right? In normal times this would be the stuff of novelas, Brazil’s beloved soap operas, and everybody would consider it a horrible joke.   Except that Brazilian […]

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A Brilliant Opportunity for the Way Forward

2 Dec 2019

ECO is not sure how many delegates remember the First Periodical Review (FPR)(2013-2015) and its Structured Expert Dialogue (SED), when the best scientists of the world presented their newest research on climate change. One of their biggest message was the insight that there is no guardrail for a limit on global warming (e.g. the 2ºC […]

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Welcome to Madrid

2 Dec 2019

Dear Delegates, ECO is glad you found your way to Santiago de Chile Madrid. Rest assured, ECO will not forget about the people of Chile and will closely follow the situation and update you. But not only the location of COP25 has changed. Just like the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report last year adjusted our frame […]

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Shopping for article 6 rules

2 Dec 2019

In some parts of the world, today is cyber Monday, one more day of consumption splurge. ECO is no fan of this consumerist model, but in a conciliatory spirit, we have prepared a shopping list nonetheless. And what better thing to hunt for on a day aimed at driving market activity than a robust set […]

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Voices from the Front Lines

2 Dec 2019

Australia burned this spring. Not the regular fires that the country sees every year at the height of summer, but a conflagration. These were fires so hot they started their own thunderstorms, with associated lightning starting yet more fires. At one point, the combined fire front was 6,000 kilometres long. If you drove from Bonn […]

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