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COP21 Blog Update - December 10

Blog | Thursday, 10 Dec 2015
After 5 hours of commentary, complaint and suggested possibilities for compromise, the informal round of talks called an "indaba" broke up at 5 am. If President Fabius (who personally chaired this...

COP21 Blog Update

Blog | Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015
A brief blog today. The talks were mostly off-line – one to one (or rather, one COP president to a larger regional grouping, one after the other). Claire Martin had a not entirely small tragedy as a...

COP21 – negotiations move behind closed doors - Day 8

Blog | Tuesday, 08 Dec 2015
Monday December 7th was the official opening of the High-Level segment.  In the normal rhythm of the COPs, this would have been a big day with ministers of environment from around the world, and the...

COP21 moves to new phase - Day 7

Blog | Monday, 07 Dec 2015
Sunday and COP21 moved to the working groups to review cross-cutting issues.  There were four groups announced by COP President Fabius last night, with another announced today – adaptation.  We also...

COP21 Blog at mid-point - Day 6

Blog | Sunday, 06 Dec 2015
I am amazed. The deadline of having ADP wrap by noon Saturday and send a draft text accepted as a sufficient basis for political negotiation was met. The draft text with the addition of “reflections...

COP21 Update: Crunch time - Day 5

Blog | Saturday, 05 Dec 2015
All around us, Paris is abuzz with empowering, high voltage events (run on renewable energy of course!)  Today Al Gore addressed a group of young people, Leonardo de Caprio and Robert Redford met...

COP21 Blog Update - Day 4

Blog | Friday, 04 Dec 2015
 The cracks hiding behind the diplomatic veneer are rising to the surface.  In ADP developing country negotiators spoke more clearly about why it is unfair for Industrialized countries to ignore...

COP21 Blog Update – Day 3

Blog | Thursday, 03 Dec 2015
  If this blog were a climate text, it would look like this: [ [Inviting]  [Encouraging] Green party supporters [observers] and [other interested parties] civil society actors to consider the [...

COP21 Blog Update - Day 2

Blog | Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015
This was the second day of COP, but our first day of negotiations.  The leaders of nations from around the world have jetted home.  (My friend New Zealand Green MP Kennedy Graham pointed out in his...

COP21 Blog - Kicking Things Off

Blog | Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015
At the end of the first day of the 21st Conference of the Parties I feel like we must be at day 4, or 5.  Why the sense of exhaustion?  Over 150 world leaders speaking one after the other.  The...