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Even pessimists see prospect for real climate progress

This time last year, I was recovering from two full-on weeks at the annual climate summit – or CoP – which had just come to an end in Warsaw, Poland. There, in the slightly surreal and wintry setting of the national football stadium, we were plied with pisco sours by this year’s conference host, Peru, […]

No time for back-patting over ozone layer protection

. Today is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the theme of which is Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On. Catchy or not, that title does a pretty good job of summing up where we are in terms of addressing global ozone depletion. On the plus side, scientists have confirmed […]

Climate conundrums: blogging from the UNFCCC in Poland

The second week of the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins today. The CoP is an annual conference which brings together policy makers, scientists, NGOs, academics and, increasingly, business representatives to craft the rules governing the international climate regime. It covers a staggering array […]

Happy Ozone Day! (or why the Montreal Protocol is still vital)

. Today, September 16, is World Ozone Day. Now, I’m the first to complain that the calendar these days is chock-a-block with somewhat questionable occasions to commemorate (Talk Like a Pirate Day, anyone? Check it out, it’s on September 19) but suffice it to say that the international effort to put a halt to the […]

China’s climate deal should give UNFCCC food for thought

  Amid preparations for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate talks in Bonn this week, the Montreal Protocol quietly announced a decision to fund China’s phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), a move which will keep eight billion tonnes of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, eight billion […]

Climate talks missing buzz and a vital sense of urgency

One year ago, almost to the day, I had just left an air-conditioned conference centre in South Africa  where international climate negotiators were still working on a deal to take one more arduous step forward in the effort to reign in global warming. Fast-forward to the present and I’m on another continent but otherwise experiencing […]

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