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Thanks from Bangkok (khob khun krub), Boxer, Kerry

Whatever else you can say about the draft bill that Senators Boxer and Kerry introduced in the Senate yesterday, it was welcome news to country negotiators and NGOs at the climate talks in Bangkok. Read More »

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Bangkok is on 'full negotiation mode'-the fireworks begin on Day one

Yesterday the Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, formally launched the 2 week Bangkok climate negotiations. The morning speakers included Yvo De Boer, head of the UNFCCC, and Connie Hedegaard from Denmark, who will chair the Copenhagen meeting in December. The speakers agreed that time was running out to get a global deal in place by December and this meeting was now 100% on 'full negotiation mode'. Read More »

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Climate Week Gives Momentum to the Bangkok Negotiations-Hard Work Starts Now

Climate Week is wrapping up but the political signal that was sent is clear: the world’s political leaders are serious about getting a deal in Copenhagen. Read More »

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Bonn 3: REDD Text Reaches Crossroads

Climate and Tropical Forests Policy Expert Gus Silva-Chavez writes from Bonn

Bonn 3 achieved a fairly amazing amount of progress on the question of how to include tropical deforestation in a climate deal – known in UN-speak as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD.
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Bonn 3: UN-style progress, slow but true

Climate and Tropical Forests Policy Expert Gus Silva-Chavez writes from Bonn

Bonn 3 wraps up today and I'd say the session made classic UN-style progress – slow, but headed in the right direction. There’s really no fast way to get 190 countries moving in the same direction.
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Bonn 3: Mexico-Canada-US cap & trade?

A very big new hint about Mexico's climate plans just rolled in — from Guadalajara. Check out this joint statement by Mexican President Calderon, Canadian PM Harper, & US President Obama. Looks like Mexico is gearing up to take a target and get ready to join a North American Cap-and-Trade market.
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Bonn 3: More countries talk targets

The early buzz here in Bonn 3 is around all the countries coming forward with options for emissions reduction targets they might offer for a global deal in Copenhagen.
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Bonn 3: Chairman raises stakes

I spend 2 weeks a year in Bonn – but I’ve never been here in August until this year. Bonn is the seat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and today starts the third major negotiating session here this year as countries try to build a new global climate framework by December.
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Obama's presence felt in Poznan

As the United Nations climate change conference gets under way in Poznan, Poland, there is a heavy Obama presence in the air. In hallways and negotiating rooms, I hear a multitude of languages and only recognize the words "Obama" and "Hillary."

The world has high expectations, and we are busy trying to manage them. Read More »

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Poznan talks open: What to expect

This meeting is the last major stop on the way to a global deal in Copenhagen next year. The bulk of the first two days have focused on procedural matters like adopting the agenda for the next two weeks, and on countries making opening statements on a variety of issues and on their expectations for Poland and beyond.

Yesterday, issues like adaptation and deforestation were finally addressed. Read More »

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