Of legal beagles and climate change views

Please note, post updated 10/9/2015 10:11 PM below -hro Paul Matthews has a post today in which he features Robin Guenier’s response (pdf) to Philipe Sands’ September keynote address to various and sundry (for the most part unnamed) legal beagles and (presumably) associated scholars. I appreciated Guenier’s analysis and highlights from Sands’ lecture. My own…

The United Nations: “a shadow of its intended nature”

There’s a movie I’ve been meaning to watch ever since I read Jonathan Tobin’s review in Commentary. It’s called U.N. Me, directed by Ami Horowitz. In his review, Tobin had noted (inter alia): The direct failure of the U.N. to do anything to stop the genocide in Rwanda though it had the forces on the…

UNEP sings the money song (again)

The new, improved United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has a COW (Committee of the Whole) and even does CPR (Committee of Permanent Representatives) … but it is not exactly off to a good start. From the IISD’s report of proceedings on Feb. 18: ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS: The plenary elected Hassan Abdel Hilal, Minister of Environment, Forests…

UNEP: conspicuous absences and inconspicuous newbies

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has been the promulgator of scary stories since 1972 and facilitator of hundreds of confabs, committees, commissions, panels (High Level … and presumably some low level?) and platforms. It has also been the very proud parent of countless acronymic offspring; not the least of which – at least until…

Kyoto klimateers in Kenya

As Donna Laframboise (to whom thanks and congratulations are due for her 500 posts since April 2009) wrote the other day, the BBC has egg on on its face following a bogus claim by David Attenborough in a recent TV program. Even Leo Hickman, of the greenest of ’em all U.K. Guardian – whose reputation…

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…

Climate change gaps in “ambition” … and in credibility

Believe it or not, yet another series of “informal climate talks” under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has just concluded in Bangkok. According to the September 5 Press Release issued by the “United Nations Climate Change Secretariat”: Bangkok climate talks make concrete progress on key issues ahead of…