Posts tagged ‘International Negotiations’

The second week of COP22 – the 22nd Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – got underway yesterday in Marrakech. The mood at the conference center is notably different from last week. The number of attendees seems to have doubled, as does the […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director One of the most controversial questions to be discussed at CCCL’s upcoming conference, Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate, will be whether efforts should be made to create a new convention dedicated to climate-related displacement and resettlement activities.  Taking either side of this debate […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director **The following post comprises the official conference narrative for CCCL’s upcoming conference on the legal implications of rising seas for small island nations.  More information about the conference is available here; and registration is here.  Partial or total fee waivers are available.** Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas […]

by Daniel Firger Associate Director As a result of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, speculation is mounting that Japan will be unable to meet its greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol and may declare “force majeure,” effectively denouncing the treaty […]

Qiuyan Zhao & Gregory E. Wannier In the face of increased focus on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions across the developing world, CCCL former visiting scholar Qiuyan Zhao has released a report highlighting some of the ways that China might measure its own contributions to climate change.  In her article, Professor […]

Daniel Firger Associate Director This article first appeared in The Huffington Post It’s not yet February and the biggest climate change story of the year may already be written. The story is simple enough–as the U.S. drags its heels on clean energy, China marches ahead. China’s leaders may be concerned less by global warming itself […]

By Hannah Chang The term “legally binding” has become a touchstone of sorts in international climate policy.  The Copenhagen Accord taken note of by the fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP) under the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2009 is not legally binding.  Heads of state and activists alike call for a […]

My last blog was written shortly after midnight on Thursday.  Here are my observations concerning Friday and Saturday. Friday was a day of high drama and muddled results.  As the workday began (and many committees were continuing their sleepless drafting, amid a backdrop of radically fluctuating expectations that by turns made people think this would […]

As I write this a little after midnight on Thursday, less than 24 hours remain before the nominal close of the Copenhagen talks.  And local television is playing continuous loops of an English-language TV movie (with Danish subtitles) about an evil oil company that is trying to sabotage the “Kyoto 2 talks at Calgary” by […]

The formal negotiations are taking place in only one place, the Bella Center, but throughout the city of Copenhagen the climate event cannot be missed.  Numerous buildings are draped with huge signs proclaiming some company’s, nation’s, or group’s contributions to reducing the climate problem.  Public plazas have large displays of electric cars, annotated globes, and […]

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