Look, ma! No mention of CO2 in message from Lima

So, the annual international gabfest known as the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Meeting of the Parties (MOP) which began on December 1 winds-up for its wind-down (scheduled to end today, December 12). As the Cato Institute’s Patrick Michaels had noted in a recent post: COP-Out: Political Storyboarding in Peru The 20th annual “Conference…

Mercury rising via UNEP Steiner’s “happy convention”

Alas, it seems that work at one or more of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)’s many-tentacled – and ever-increasing – arms is never done! Today’s topic: the “dangers” of “mercury”, and a report on this agency’s untiring efforts to get this substance … you guessed it … “banned”. Depending on your perspective (and/or dental…

Do IPCC NGO observers have silent non-functional mics?

In my previous post on the “transparent” behind closed doors gathering of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is now apparently running into overtime “deliberations”, one of the things I forgot to note was the rather conspicuous absence during each of the speeches of any mention of “members of civil society”. Typically, at…

The UN font of discord and disappointment

To anyone who has followed media coverage of the United Nations (UN) activities and pronouncements over the years – not to mention the UN’s own “official” documents – it will come as no surprise to learn that yet another UN sponsored conference has ended in “discord and disappointment”, as Fiona Harvey reports in the U.K.…