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Will the mother of all deals be on sinks?

November 17, 2000

There is disquiet in the air. Everybody is moving around, looking so busy. But nobody knows what is being negotiated. Old hands will tell you that deals are being made behind closed doors. Conference chairperson, Jan Pronk, an experienced politician is expected to move things on. Somewhere there will be a deal to clinch all deals.

Consenting adults in a hot world

November 17, 2000

Back to Basics by Anil Agarwal

Why is equity so important for mitigating climate change?

Very simple: because we are all human beings. Not Americans, Europeans, Japanese or Chinese. Or more intelligent or less intelligent. We are humans. Just humans. Full stop. Now we have to decide whether we want to be like a bunch of raucous kids or a group of consenting adults.

Fossil Fuel SuicideWhy fossil fools will cost us the Earth

November 17, 2000

The Kyoto Protocol will be a disaster of bigger proportions if it subsidises carbon-based energy through CDM.  The world will then not achieve safe concentration levels until the end of the century.

The world needs investments in R&D  and policy changes  that drive down fossil fuel subsidies in the North and the South

Even a focus on energy efficiency will not work (see below)

The far side

November 17, 2000

A visitor to the Congrescentrum would never guess it, but there is only one reason why we are here: the Western model of economic development which is heavily dependant on carbon-based fossil fuels has turned out not to be such a good idea after all, and we need an alternative. Fast.

Sinks: No principles!

November 20, 2000

The working group on sinks finds principles most expendable

African delusions

November 20, 2000

Will CDM benefit Africa?

African delegates would have done well to stop a minute and think of what went wrong with CDM’s closest cousin (or should we say clone), the pilot phase of the Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ). Of 103 AIJ projects carried out since 1995, only two were implemented in Africa.

Mechanisms: Rough Guide

November 20, 2000

What Southern delegates and NGOs should watch out for in CDM negotiations

1 The latest version of the CDM text (November 18) has a bracketed positive list of safe and environmentally sound projects eligible under CDM, listing options for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and demand-side management. Developing countries should push for renewable technologies, to safeguard against having to phase out CDM fossil fuel investments when they have to take on commitments in the future.

Compliance: More words

November 20, 2000

A complete farce?

climatetext.gif (9352 bytes)What do you get after a week's negotiations by the joint working group on compliance? Even lengthier text with more brackets.

Mind that CDM: Discounting the future

November 20, 2000

Unclean Development Mechanism
Cheap Development Mechanism
Clever Delay Mechanism

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