The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 25 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 25, 2013

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Climate Talks in Warsaw

This week’s snapshot concerns the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Warsaw, Poland from 11NOV-22NOV. Delegates at the talk have sought to negotiate a global climate agreement that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).  However, hardly any progress seemed likely as the conference reached its conclusion on 22NOV, prompting negotiations to continue into 23NOV. Countries agreed on November 24th to publish their plans for cutting emissions by 2015.

 

News summary of events related to the talks in Warsaw during the week of 19NOV-25NOV

 

  • On 19NOV, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for action at the world climate talks, citing the recent typhoon in the Philippines. (AFP)
  • On 20NOV, China urged developing countries to fulfill funding pledges for battling climate change. (Xinhua)
  • On 21NOV, Greenpeace, WWF and other NGOs left the discussions, complaining that talks were “on track to deliver virtually nothing.” (AFP)
  • On 22NOV, participants disputed on how to raise money for developing nations to cope with global warming as well as whether countries should decide on their own on greenhouse gas cuts beyond 2020 or have other countries review their plans. (Reuters)
  • On 23NOV, climate talks stalled, forcing an extra day of discussion order to find agreement on financing for emerging economies and carbon cuts. (AP)
  • On 23NOV, UN negotiators reached consensus on foundations for a global climate pact. (AFP)

 

Sample of Twitter handles regarding climate talks

 

@frankejames – Franke James, Calgary-based author on climate change

 

@john_bennett – John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada

 

@skepticscience – John Cook, Research Fellow in Climate Communication, University of Queensland

 

@tommitchell_odi – Tom Mitchell, Head of Climate Change at Overseas Development Institute

 

@KevinClimate – Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University of Manchester

 

Sample of Third Party Validators regarding talks in Warsaw

 

Jennifer Morgan, Director – Climate Change & Energy Program, World Resources Institute

“The coal lobby cast a shadow over the negotiations….It’s increasingly clear that unabated coal use is inconsistent with the goal of staying within 2 degrees.” – Global Warming Fight Advances With First Steps on Treaty, Bloomberg, 23NOV13

 

David Frame, Professor, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute

“[Research] shows that taking action today on emissions of short-lived climate pollutants will have relatively little impact on peak warming, unless carbon dioxide emissions are reduced at the same time.” – Carbon dioxide key factor in global climate change: New Zealand-UK study, Xinhua, 22NOV13

 

Liz Gallagher, Spokeswoman, Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G)

“Countries are showing their true colors…They’re obviously taking the idea of a 2015 deadline seriously if they’re trying so hard to wreck it, trying so hard to filibuster.” -U.N. Talks on Climate Near End, NYT, 22NOV13

 

Robert N. Stavins, Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

“If the 20th century was the American century, a lot of people expect the 21st century to be the Chinese century….And if it’s your century, you don’t obstruct, you lead.” – U.S. and China Find Convergence on Climate Issue, NYT, 21NOV2013

 

Timmons Roberts, Senior Fellow, Brookings & Claire Langey, Research Associate, Brookings

“Typhoon Haiyan has brought on a desperate response from some developing countries and NGOs, as it is being seen as a reflection of the urgency with which to address climate change. “ – Grey Skies in Warsaw, Brookings, 19NOV13

 

Sample of open source research by TRG analysts related to the climate talks

 

1.  Citing Philippines, UN chief urges action at climate talks

 

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 19 November 2013

 

WARSAW, Nov 19, 2013 (AFP) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon took the whip to world climate talks Tuesday, saying the typhoon-struck Philippines should spur environment ministers to put new energy into efforts to curb global warming.

 

With just over three days left in the marathon UN talks in Warsaw, delegates and observers complained of scant progress, particularly on the vexed question of money, after more than a week of haggling.

 

The annual talks seek a way towards sealing a global pact at the end of 2015 for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions and channelling aid to poor, climate-vulnerable countries.

 

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2. China urges developed nations to fulfill funding commitments for climate change

 

Media: Xinhua (China)

Byline: N/A

Date: 20 November 2013

 

WARSAW, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) — Head of the Chinese delegation to the United Nations climate change conference on Wednesday urged developed countries to fulfill their funding pledges for fighting climate change.

 

“Funding is the key for the success of the Warsaw conference,” Xie Zhenhua, who is also deputy head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, told the conference.

 

In his speech, Xie was referring to the much-anticipated Green Climate Fund (GCF), which was agreed upon at the UN climate talks in Cancun in 2010.

 

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3. NGOs quit ailing climate talks

 

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 21 November 2013

 

Warsaw (AFP) – Exasperated green groups walked out of faltering UN climate talks in Warsaw on Thursday as rich and poor nations bickered about who must do what to curb planet warming.

 

Negotiators were at loggerheads on the penultimate day of talks over divvying up responsibility for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and scaling up aid to poor states vulnerable to climate change effects.

 

In a dramatic flourish, six environment and development groups walked out, saying the annual round of talks had delivered little more than hot air since opening on November 11.

 

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4. Climate talks stalled over finance, carbon cuts

 

Media: Associated Press

Byline: N/A

Date: 23 November 2013

 

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The inability of more than 190 countries to agree on climate aid to developing countries and milestones for work on a new global warming pact has pushed U.N. climate talks into an extra day.

 

After all-night talks, a new draft agreement emerged Saturday with vague guidelines on when countries should present their carbon emissions targets for a larger deal that’s supposed to be adopted in Paris in 2015.

 

Developing countries want to make sure that richer countries adopt stricter targets than they do and have resisted a push by the European Union and the U.S. for a clear timeline.

 

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5. UN climate envoys clear hurdle in Warsaw

 

Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 23 November 2013

 

WARSAW, Nov 23, 2013 (AFP) –

 

UN negotiators reached consensus Saturday on some of the foundations for an ambitious, global climate pact, modifying wording in a document that had threatened to derail talks in Warsaw.

 

In a open meeting, delegates adopted an altered text thrashed out during an hour-long emergency huddle in the Warsaw National Stadium where the talks were rapidly approaching their 24th hour of extra time.

 

The revised text, yet to be ratified by a joint plenary meeting of all parties, notably changed the word “commitments” for nationally-determined greenhouse gas emissions cuts, to “contributions”.

 

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6. UN chief hails outcome of climate talks

 

Media: Xinhua (China)

Byline: N/A

Date: 23 Nov 2013

 

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday welcomed the outcome of the climate talks that concluded in Warsaw on the same day, calling the result “an important stepping stone” toward future global climate pact.

 

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban congratulated Poland for successfully hosting the UN Climate Change Conference. “The decisions adopted in Warsaw serve as an important stepping stone toward a universal legal agreement in 2015,” he said.

 

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