The European Union has agreed to provide 2.4 billion euros per year from 2010 to 2012 for ‘fast start funding’ to get climate mitigation projects off the ground in developing countries. EU leaders say they want a total of 7 billion euros per year coughed up internationally.
Yesterday ‘Copenhagen’ overtook ‘Tiger Woods’ as the number one subject mentioned in news stories and social networking sites. Today though Obama’s Peace Prize speech has jumped ahead of Copenhagen.
But if that has dampened the atmosphere at the climate talks it’s not showing. Diplomats from across the world are still wrangling about just about everything. At the serious end of the spectrum there has been another ‘huge fight that has the potential to derail the talks’.
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are now meeting in Copenhagen to wrangle over the details of a new global climate deal — a potential successor to the Kyoto Protocol. See Nature’s Road to Copenhagen special and the Climate Feedback blog for more coverage.
“If you do not peak by 2020, you have to use some sort of geo-engineering or we are going to have to live with higher impacts.”
Jason Lowe, head of mitigation advice at the Met Office, says if emissions aren’t declining by 5% p.a. by 2020 then there’s only one solution (Daily Telegraph).
“The agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen won’t change the weather, but they would change our economy for the worse.”
The Washington Post turns to Sarah Palin for its latest climate change op ed piece.
“We humbly ask of President Obama that the new dawn of multilaterialism that he promised should not be simply business as usual – the West prevailing at the expense of the rest of the developing countries.”
Lumumba Stanislaus Di Aping, chair of the G77 group of nations, comments on the so-called ‘Danish text’ (Times).
“According to old hands here this paper is very much ‘business as usual’ at these meetings and the leaked document has in fact been around for a long time and has been used at meetings such as the recent APEC meeting.”
Bill Kyte, of Environmental Data Services, says the Guardian newspaper’s ‘secret Danish documents’ aren’t really a huge deal.
“The enormous numbers at the COP are straining the logistical resources with reported queues of half an hour for the ladies toilets and to collect coats from the cloakroom. It is often details such as this that determine the timing and duration of meetings.”
Bill Kyte, of Environmental Data Services, on what really is a big deal.
As world leaders sweat in Copenhagen and climate sceptics continue to crow over stolen emails, the World Meteorological Organization has announced that 2009 is likely to be one of the 10 warmest years since records began in 1850.
Although the temperatures for November and December are not in yet, the WMO says the combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2009 is currently estimated at 0.44 degrees C above the 1961-1999 average of 14.00 degrees.
Three prominent US climate scientists addressed the controversy over climate emails leaked from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit on Friday, suggesting that the episode might provide a peak at the messy reality behind the curtain of science but does not change the results that have been presented to the public. Read more
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are all set to descend on Copenhagen to wrangle over the details of a new global climate deal — a potential successor to the Kyoto Protocol. See Nature’s Road to Copenhagen special for more coverage.
“I am sure that in Copenhagen we will not get the agreement of our dreams, not the agreement I dream of or Angela Merkel dreams of, but I am sure that we will take an important step forward.”
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel see progress, but not perfection, coming out of the conference (Reuters).
“I would rather it not happen if people accept that as being the right track because it’s a disaster track.”
James Hansen says failure at Copenhagen would be the best option, as it would force politicians to start again from scratch (Guardian).
“A carbon price sends business a price signal to invest in clean stuff not dirty stuff. It doesn’t involve micromanaging business, which regulations do. It doesn’t impose a burden on taxpayers, or require governments to pick winners, which subsidies do. It is, according to an American study, twice as efficient as any other policy.”
The Economist magazine, perhaps unsurprisingly, says economics should triumph at Copenhagen and a carbon price should be set.
The leader of Australia’s opposition party has been voted out in favour of a replacement who will backtrack on the party’s support for government climate change policies.
Former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull had made a deal with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to get cap and trade legislation passed in Australia’s Senate (see: Climate change induces meltdown in Australian opposition party). However the deal has backfired badly, with Turnbull ousted and the legislation stalled.
Tony Abbott, who ousted Turnbull by 42 votes to 41, said today, “Now this Emissions Trading Scheme legislation, which is really an energy taxation scheme, does deserve the most rigorous scrutiny by this Parliament. This is a $120b tax on the Australian public and that is just for starters.”
Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has been dealt a blow in his attempts to push through a cap and trade bill to limit carbon emissions before the Copenhagen meeting, but he may profit in the longer term.
The opposition Liberal Party, which had already partially disembowelled itself debating whether or not to support the bill, has now gone into meltdown. Its leader Malcolm Turnbull had made a deal with Rudd to get the legislation passed in Australia’s Senate, where Rudd’s ruling Labor Party does not have a majority.