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Politics pull down climate talks, emission ups

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June 17 / Bonn

Possibility of a global treaty looks thin in Durban later this year

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn: Global emissions peaked in 2010 to an all time high inspiring some hope of reviving the world economy out of the gloom of recession that the world has been plagued by for over three years now.

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June 16 / Bonn

Accounting loopholes, modest targets, spiraling emissions

Cancun pledges from developed countries can be met even without any actual reduction thanks to crafty calculations, points out two studies

By Aditya Ghosh

Developed countries can meet their modest Cancun Pledges on mitigation even without any actual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) domestically, pointed out two separate studies launched on Thursday during ongoing climate talks in Bonn.

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June 16 / Bonn

NGOs barred at Bonn climate talks

Developed and developing countries blame each other for not allowing civil society participation in negotiation process

By Aditya Ghosh

Politics of climate negotiations have taken a transparency twist, with developed countries surreptitiously accusing developing ones of not allowing the meetings to be ‘open’. The developing countries, however, claimed that they had little choice as the observers, mostly comprising international NGOs, would only help in quietly pushing the agenda of the developed countries into the negotiations acting as stooges.

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June 15 / Bonn

Health adaptation to cost up to US$ 5billion by 2020

If we don’t act now by plugging holes in public health system along with addressing housing, water woes and air pollution, says WHO

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 15: Investing on public health to strengthen weak areas that would be vulnerable to climate induced changes must start immediately to avoid major health catastrophe, epidemic and long term health hazards. A report by the World Health Organisation that draws from seven pilot studies across seven countries in the Europe and Central Asia said that the work has to start now to avoid more expensive intervention later.

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June 14 / Bonn

Kyoto fight turns nasty, progress stalled over rules

Developed countries insist that without all emitters on board, second KP period would be an empty box

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 14: Vitriolic exchanges and political one-upmanship continue between developed and developing countries over the future of Kyoto Protocol at Bonn climate negotiations. While non-Annex I countries refuse to discuss rules for developing countries under AWG-KP, some of the developed countries made it clear that all major emitters must be bought to the fold of any legal mechanism, LCA or KP.
 

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June 14 / Bonn

Black carbon, ozone report stirs climate negotiations

But UNEP makes it clear that it only offers co-benefits in short-range to reduce them, cannot replace CO2 cuts

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 14: The politically sensitive issue of black carbon sneaked in the climate negotiations following a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) that was released here in Bonn on Tuesday. The findings of the study indicated that controlling black carbon from soot and smog would help significantly to arrest global temperature increase in wake of increasing green house gases in the atmosphere.

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June 13 / Bonn

Bali resurfaces at Bonn to amend Cancun flaws

G77 & China ensure that Bali Action Plan remain the negotiating reference, even if it delays final outcome

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 13: The enforced optimism of Cancun Agreements seems to have waned completely and developing country parties are back to the reference level of Bali Action Plan (BAP). While this makes the process of negotiations longer, it would certainly help various aspects to ‘get back on the table that had fallen off the negotiation agenda at Cancun’, felt negotiators.

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June 13 / Bonn

Talk transparently, countries and NGOs demand

Climate negotiations come under scanner yet again for being unfair to smaller nations, civil society

Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 13: The UNFCCC climate talks were once again accused of being unfair and not inclusive, this time by Venezuela and a host of NGO observers, in Bonn. Too much fragmentation was not fulfilling the cause of a transparent negotiation, these groups claimed.

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June 12 / Bonn

Durban may be a damp squib

Developed countries resort to wordy diplomacy while poorer countries grow weary

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 12: Political procrastination by developed countries may lead to an unproductive Conference of Parties (CoP) in Durban later this year. In a meeting organized by South Africa to outline expectations from various countries in this year’s CoP, the difference between ambitions and aspirations of different countries clearly underlined that while developing countries were fatigued over deadlocks created by the developed countries, the wealthy nations preferred to remain engaged in procedural matters, avoiding the political commitment required to make meaningful progress at Durban.

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June 12 / Bonn

Stalemate deepens over future of GHG reductions

One after other, developed countries decline to any binding commitments post-Kyoto

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 12: Future course of mitigation of green house gas (GHG) emissions seem in jeopardy with wealthy countries pulling out of any extension of Kyoto or Protocol or a similar legally binding commitment one by one. The latest in the list is Canada which joined Japan, Australia and Russia here in UNFCCC meeting at Bonn to declare that neither would the country meet Kyoto targets nor will they commit to any legally binding emission targets post-KP. New Zealand also has refused a low-carbon development plan, something which has come under heavy criticism from its own NGOs.

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June 11/ Bonn

Don’t need to be accountable for fast start fund: USA

Says it’s voluntary and transparency wasn’t a part of the original deal

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 11: The Big Brother slammed poorer countries at the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bonn, claiming it was unfair to put conditions of transparency and additionality on the fast start funds (FSF).  FSF was promised first in Copenhagen Conference of Parties (CoP) and then institutionalised in Cancun CoP by the developed nations to meet expenses of climate change mitigation and adaptation in poorer countries. The total value of FSF was to be US$30bn between 2010 and 2012 and then US$100bn a year by 2020.

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June 11/ Bonn

Climate vulnerable regions get insurance boost

Ecosystem adaptation model fits with the compensation instruments

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 11: Ecosystem based adaptation to climate change impacts has emerged as the most cost-effective method both for climate insurance schemes and developing resilience in communities to combat climate change.

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Uthra Radhakrishnan
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