Day 7, Bonn climate change conference
The push for a global deal in 2015 moved inches closer Wednesday towards clarity on what might become a final drafting text in Lima at the end of the year. Negotiators moved into more frank and challenging discussions on issues like the scope of their ‘‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions,” which describe the substance of each country’s contribution to the 2015 deal. Negotiators also discussed heated issues like differentiation between developed and developing countries’ contributions, and the transparency of those actions and the support needed to make them possible.
Governments also dug into opportunities to turn last week’s positive rhetoric about rapidly moving toward a low-carbon economy into action. Workshops on opportunities to cut emissions in the near-term through land use change took place Wednesday, and begin on renewable energy and energy efficiency Thursday.
On other fronts, the UNFCCC hosted a dialogue on climate change education, training and public awareness, and the first part of a workshop on long-term climate finance convened in the afternoon.
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Many of our partners in Bonn joined people around the world in a twitterstorm calling on all countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to“immediately and publicly” end their overseas coal financing.
Members of the WWF crew in Bonn had some rightly deserved bounce in their step as they made their way through the Maritim. After months of intense WWF campaigning in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the oil company Soco agreed to end controversial drilling operations in the Virunga – Africa’s oldest national park.
61 year old Peter Willcox, captain of the Greenpeace ship Artic Sunrise, which was last year boarded by Russian special forces while trying to prevent Arctic oil drilling, was awarded an Observer Ethical Awards lifetime achievement award today.
In the news
We thought it was a bit hot here in Bonn, and we were right. Record or near-record heat waveshave been observed in portions of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, India, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Libya, Chad, and Mexico this week.
WRI is reporting that water stress resulting from climate change could put one-third of the world’s corn crop at risk. They also released this history of CO2 emissions, with some amazing graphs.
The UK government has announced plans to allow its national Green Investment Bank to back projects in developing countries, using money from its £3.87bn International Climate Fund.
Massive downpours have resulted in flooding of ‘biblical’ proportions over the Iguazu falls. Following massive rainfalls, water flow rates over the iconic waterfalls have increased 33 fold!
Climate change has caused the biggest change to the National Geographic’s Atlas since the breaking up of the USSR.
Finally, If this doesn’t make you want to turn the lights off, nothing will.
Chris Wright has been getting creative on the Adopt a Negotiator site with his list of 7 things that could revolutionise the UNFCCC. Check it out for some fresh ideas.
There is also a great piece highlighting the links between adaptation, mitigation and poverty alleviation in Indian slums.
The CAN International Eco is out today, with a great overview of the action from Bonn, and the call for what needs to happen. This is one resource you can’t go without.