Where’s the scare in AR5?

Yvo de Boer, the UN climate chief during the 2009 Copenhagen climate change talks, said his conversations with scientists working on the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested the findings would be shocking. “That report is going to scare the wits out of everyone,” Mr de Boer said in the only…

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On the last hour of the last day in Doha: a singout

According to the Columbia Climate Law blog: Doha COP Report: Friday, December 7 This should have been the last of our reports from the UNFCCC negotiations in Doha, but it is now in the early hours of Saturday, December 8 and it appears that the negotiations are far from over. A message frequently repeated today…

COP 18 struggles to ride waves from Sandy and Bopha

Notwithstanding all the duly recycled little-bit-louder-and-a-whole-lot-worse chapters and verses from the long established “climate bible” on the part of enviro-activists from the UN’s Secretary-General to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s chair, Rajendra Pachauri – along with his stable of “objective, transparent, inclusive talent” – it seems that desperate delegates in Doha are down…

Shifting sands of watercourses and lakes

Just in case you might have missed it, due to all eyes being on the Doha non-negotiations (or diverted elsewhere), there was a meeting of yet another UN body, albeit of shorter duration, that has just concluded. This was a confab of a body of The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which (all…