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Durban - Success, Failure or . . . . ?

After two busy weeks, the Durban COP was extended by a full day and then went well into a second, with long nights of negotiation along the way. Eventually a deal emerged which has polarized both the media and blogsphere between being the salvation...

Posted December 16, 2011    

A “Catch 22″ to be Delivered From Durban?

One of the key potential deliverables from Durban is an operational Green Climate Fund (GCF). This is one of the important components of the pledge to channel up to $100 billion per annum by 2020 to developing countries for mitigation and adaptation...

Posted December 6, 2011    

What Could COP 17 in Durban Achieve?

As delegates start negotiations in Durban, the major issues of the Kyoto Protocol and a “Roadmap to 2020” are dominating the news wires. The big picture story is very important, but in the meantime nations need to use this meeting to make real...

Posted December 1, 2011    

Can Global Emissions Be Reduced At All?

With delegates, energy / environment  Ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders arriving in Durban for COP 17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions. The latest UNFCCC conference comes...

Posted November 25, 2011    

Success Slipping Away?

Earlier this year I looked at the prospects for the USA meeting its 2020 declaration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020, relative to a 2005 baseline. Success at least looked feasible, driven by three significant factors:The reduction...

Posted November 18, 2011    

A Carbon Price for Australia - Finally!!

Depending on your take on events the toll has been as high as two Prime Ministers and one Leader of the Opposition, but Australia now has a carbon pricing mechanism operating in the economy (I say “now” in that even though it doesn’t formally start...

Posted November 9, 2011    

Where to Now For Aviation?

Last week’s first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner potentially marks the beginning of a new era for the aviation industry. Its composite construction and 20% better fuel efficiency (than the 767) continues a long term trend of...

Posted November 2, 2011    

Green Growth or Green Confusion?

I have just been at the inaugural Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen. This was a high level event, opened by the Crown Prince of Denmark and the new Danish Prime Minister, then following the initial panel discussion there was an...

Posted October 17, 2011    

A Tale of Two Earths – The Future of the EU-ETS

The script of former Vice President Al Gore’s recent Climate Reality global web event started with the words, “Somewhere there may be an Earth where . . . . . . isn’t happening“ and went on to fill the blank with a series of climate events...

Posted October 10, 2011    

The Climate Reality Project – An Inconvenient Next Step?

Last week I went to the London showing of Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project - it was one of 24 consecutive presentations held around the world on the 15th of September. There was a lot to look forward to in attending this,...

Posted September 23, 2011    

Natural Gas, CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

As global natural gas production has risen and shale gas in the US impacts on the energy outlook for that country in particular, there has been increasing discussion about the impact of natural gas on climate change. Several scientific papers have...

Posted September 19, 2011    

Thoughts on 10 Questions about Climate Change from Australia

Over recent weeks one of the major Australian newspapers (The Melbourne Age) has asked readers to submit questions on climate change and at the same time opened a poll so that all readers could vote on the questions they most wanted to see answered...

Posted September 10, 2011