The Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline inadvertently argues against its own conclusion in a bizarre chapter about climate change.
Young US activists at the UN climate talks say they worked hard to get Obama re-elected and feel let down by the lack of action on climate change. Then Todd Stern surprises everyone by calling for debate on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.
Ban Ki-Moon opens the high level segment of the Doha climate talks and the UK announces a major pledge of climate finance but tempers are running short and Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace demands that President Obama recall the lead US negotiators.
At the mid-point of the 2012 UN climate talks. there’s evidence from Third World Network that key players such as the US are blocking progress. It’s conceivable that the 350.org roadshow campaign has achieved more in the past week.
Artur Runge-Metzger explains the lack of progress on each of the negotiating tracks in the UN climate talks. And US NGOs set out their hopes that the post-election Obama factor will see a more conciliatory approach by the US delegation.
The UN’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative has received a strong statement of support from the US State Department. And “hundreds of actions and commitments” have been offered by “businesses, donors, entrepreneurs, organizations, artists, and individual volunteers.”
The Center for Strategic and International Studies has held an event to mark China’s decision to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. It was a both a celebration of diplomacy and an opportunity to answer critics of cookstove projects.
Dr Jonathan Pershing, US deputy special envoy on climate change, has the one of the world’s most difficult jobs, presenting US climate change policy to the media. His skills have been in evidence as much as ever at the UN climate talks in Durban.
A new US ambassador to Malawi has arrived in the middle of a diplomatic tussle between the two countries over the suspended Millennium Challenge Corporation grant for vital energy development. Will President Mutharika back down on his repression of civil liberties?
The eventual resolution of the US 2012 budget for foreign aid is unlikely to show mercy to international NGOs involved with population issues. Meanwhile, the stories of urgent family planning needs in developing countries keep coming.