Posted on October 21, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
The world moves toward reaching a meaningful climate agreement as 2015 shapes up to be warmest year on record for planet Earth.
New language helps address concerns of poorer nations
By Bob Berwyn
New language added to the emerging global climate agreement during a Bonn negotiating session this week helps address some of the concerns of developing nations with regard to funding for mitigation. Overall, the 14 new pages resulted in “a more balanced text,” according to outside observers tracking the Bonn talks.
The documents under consideration in Bonn will serve as a starting point when high-level government ministers meet in Paris to hammer out the final details of a deal to try and cap global warming at 2 degrees Celsius, and to figure out to deal equitably with impacts that are already locked into the climate system as a result of heat-trapping greenhouse gas pollution. Continue reading
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Posted on September 4, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Carbon-pricing may be off the table, but there is agreement to keep pushing after crucial Paris talks in December
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Climate activists are encouraged by some measured progress at recent talks in Germany, but said there’s still a long way to go to meet the ambitious goal of creating a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of global warming.
One of the most positive signs at the recent Bonn talks is that most countries seem prepared to keep talking after the COP21 conference in Paris — crucial because the Paris talks likely won’t deliver a deal that meets the make-or-break goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Continue reading
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Posted on May 27, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
‘Science is telling us on a repeated basis … that current mitigation efforts are not sufficient’
NASA’s monthly mapping tool shows temperature anomalies in April 2012.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Two weeks of climate talks in Bonn following up on the last year’s Durban summit didn’t yield much progress in some critical areas, although the delegates did take some steps toward finding a way to extend the Kyoto Protocol and on finding ways to help the most poor and vulnerable countries deal with global warming impacts.
The next round of climate talks is set for Doha, Qatar in November, when delegates are to decide on how long the extension of the Kyoto agreement should be, as an interim step before adopting a legally binding climate treaty in 2015.
The Doha meeting is also aimed at defining the precise emission reduction commitments of industrialized countries that have obligations under the Kyoto agreement.
United Nations climate officials tried to paint the Bonn talks in the best possible light, emphasizing the baby steps toward progress, while downplaying the fact that key players, particularly India and China, are balking. Continue reading
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Posted on May 21, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Is it getting warmer?
Delegates targeting 2015 for legally binding, enforceable climate deal
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Trying to follow the latest round of climate talks in Bonn, Germany is a reporter’s nightmare, with every press release filled with incredible amounts of bureaucratic jargon or technical information so dense that it’s almost impossible to follow — even for someone well-versed in climate science and policy.
In a way it’s a good thing. The time for grandiose speeches is long past; now’s the time for nitty gritty details. There’s no other way to ensure some sort of meaningful reduction in greenhouse gases.
But if the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change wants to connect with average citizens, it’s going to have to do a much better job of translating some of the information into plain talk to give people an idea of what’s at stake in meetings like the current conference in Bonn.
Luckily, the big picture and the ultimate goal aren’t that complicated. Basically, most of the world has agreed that it’s necessary to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius to prevent irreversible and potentially catastrophic impacts. Continue reading
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Posted on May 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Tough path ahead to implement Durban agreements
April 2012 temperature anomalies.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Global warming will once again take the center of the world political stage this week, with interim climate talks in Bonn, Germany, aimed at trying to nail down a few more details on agreements reached in principal at last December’s COP 17 in Durban.
The South African sessions ended with all countries, including China and India, agreeing that worldwide carbon reductions are needed. The hard part is how to get there. That’s what delegates will be discussing in Bonn this week. Continue reading
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