07 Dec 2012
COP 18 - Paperless or Informationless?
One of the first things you notice at COP 18 is the lack of paper. Gone are the multi-language piles of newsletters and updates that you used to see delegates grab on their way in, and read eagerly as they walked or drank yet another cup of cof ...
05 Dec 2012
Qatar from behind the wheel of a taxi
Doha -- Kamrul is the face of Qatar. He’s from Bangladesh, drives a car for a limousine company, and has been in the country for 20 years.
He’s also the father of two children, a girl aged 6 and a boy, 10 months. He has never held his son bec ...
03 Dec 2012
Where are all the youth?
There is something missing from the Doha UNFCCC COP 18 climate change negotiations, and it’s not just consensus.
It’s hard to find the youth delegations here. This might be because the Qatar National Convention Centre is a massive building, a ...
28 Nov 2012
Twenty years of talk - Doha COP 18
The 18th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is now underway in Doha, Qatar. This year’s president is His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiya, chair of Qatar’s Administrative Contr ...
18 May 2012
The Future of the Arctic Council
In the next few weeks the world will be looking south to Rio+20. Carl Bildt, Sweden's Foreign Minister, reminds us that it needs to look north as well.
Bildt spoke on "Arctic Challenges and the Future Perspectives of the Arctic Council" Thur ...
13 Dec 2011
Durban 2012: A step forward or a lurch towards a 4°C world?
There are decidedly mixed reviews of the agreement produced after marathon overtime negotiations in Durban, South Africa on the weekend.
The delegates have gone home. The offices, banks of computers, displays, and the temporary restaurants se ...
09 Dec 2011
Update on Durban negotiations
The climate change talks in Durban continue to be dominated by two main issues: the future of the Kyoto Protocol and the Green Climate Fund. As well, negotiators need to make clear decisions that will bring last year’s Cancun Agreements to life ...
08 Dec 2011
Momentum…for a Change
Kyoto isn’t the only protocol being broken in Durban. Seems that I slipped at the launch of the UNFCCC Secretariat’s new Momentum for Change initiative.
Special guests at the event included South African President Jacob Zuma, United Nations S ...
07 Dec 2011
Mind the Gap(s)
The Durban climate change negotiations are about three gaps.
The first is scientific and has to do with the amount of Greenhouse gases we are pumping into the atmosphere, and the levels we need to reduce to in order to prevent irreversible ch ...