Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Clean Cooperation

Hi from Padma

Here is the link to an Opinion piece I helped commission from professor of policy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, for SciDev.Net.

It says joint innovation centres are one way for countries to cooperate on clean technology.

Alternately click here:

Travelling tonight and excited about seeing you all. Have a safe and pleasant journey. Best Wishes Padma

Sunday, November 29, 2009

From Vietnam

Our colleague Nguyen Hong Nga, who is reporter of progamme: VIETNAM ON THE WAY TO ADAPT THE WORLD has sent a link to Hanoi TV website: www.hanoitv.vn . You go to Biến đổi khí hậu ( Climate change) for more information about the climate change news features. She has also sent an article which is posted below.
Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate
Empowering women key to combating climate change in Vietnam

President of Tanzania calls for action from rich countries

Anna Itenda from Tanzania reports about President Jakaya Kikwete call for action by rich nations::

Developed countries must take the lead in saving the planet

New articles by Andrea

Andrea writes: In few days, we will be there for the second and last round of COP15 (will be last?!). Looking forward to seeing all of you again.  May I ask you to post on our blog two more articles, please?
1) One is about the climate talks in Bonn, August, and which stage the negotiations were there, when there were missing 114 days! In this article, I also took the opportunity to present the results of the 3rd Climate Conference in Geneva and described some adaptation solutions that some developing countries are already implementing. (Andrea1.pdf)
2) The other article is an evaluation of where we are now, what to expect or not from COP15 in relation of political or legal binding obligations. I also wrote about what have been negotiated in terms of mitigation, adaptation, financing and forests (REDD), and where we are now in this talks (Andrea2.pdf). As a complement of the main article, I elaborated a table about the main players in COP15, what are their proposals and some climate data of each one (Andrea2a.pdf). 




Thank you very much,
Best regards,

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

COP15 for journalists: a guide to the UN climate change summit

Mike Shanahan highlights a four-page briefing paper for journalists on COP15 published by IIED. It covers COP15, its build up and its aftermath. It explains key processes, major actions to be agreed and possible outcomes.

It has been reviewed by three international lawyers who sit on national delegations during UN negotiations.

It covers things like:
  • The future of the Kyoto Protocol – do some countries really want to kill it? 
  • Different COP15 outcomes, from no agreement to two legally binding protocols
  • Hot topics and sticking points in the negotiations – forests, fossil fuels and finance.
  • Where developing nations agree – and where they disagree.
  • Different negotiating blocks, and what they stand for.
 Download the briefing here

Mike also notes Climate Change Media Partnership’s Roster of Experts

Monday, November 23, 2009

Working facilities in the Bella Center

Dear All,

We will meet again very soon but I think that you should know that we will have excellent working facilities during the COP15: I have secured one of the so-called TV-cubicles, where our closest neighbourgs will be BBC, CNN and the other big fellows...

You can read more about the cubicles at http://www.cop15hb.dk/index.php?id=18

And then we will have the first two days of meeting at a different venue from last time - we will be at Verdenskulturcentret (The World Cultural Centre), which is 5 minutes walking from the place that you are staying.

Looking forward to see you all very soon,
Hi from Padma,
The SciDev.Net team has been looking at the area of agriculture and climate change, in the past few days.

Here is an Opinion piece from William Dar, director general of ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics), Hyderabad, India: on " Agriculture can adapt to climate change"


And a news item on "Don't ignore agriculture in climate talks, experts warn"


And earlier: "No simple solution to livestock and climate change"



A report from China on "G-8 emission goals out of reach of developing countries"


Pls check out in case it if of interest

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aline Falco analyses the negotiation process

Here are two new stories from Aline, analysing the negotiation process:
  • The first one examines how the negotiation process has evolved over the course of this year.
  • The second is an inteview about the recent lowering of big leader's expectations about COP 15. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pamela Asigi Andiba's latest videos

In the following two clips, posted on YouTube, Pamela frames the tough climate change challenges faced in Kenya from two perspectives:

  • International: Kenya's perspective on climate change is set within the global context, summarising why a meaningful agreement in Copenhagen is vitally important to Kenya;
  • National: The hardship and dramatic consequences of water scarcity for rural communities summarise the human dimension of climate change in Kenya.