Category Archives: COP15-Copenhagen

The climate divide after Copenhagen and its impact on international climate change law

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the new political dynamics on display in Copenhagen are likely to change the way international climate change law is made.  “The format of the consultations at the UN level, in which every member state can exercise veto power, holds no promise for any success. The balancing of interests between […]

UNFCCC quietly receives list of government climate pledges

Although the NYT and the Climate Progress blog didn’t report any news today about Copenhagen Accord pledges received by the January 31st deadline, the BBC did.  Richard Black’s blog mostly talked about the un-deadline nature of yesterday, but then announced at its close that the UNFCC C secretariat had just posted the results.  Under a […]

Tick, Tock

In Copenhagen, one of the many civil society groups urged negotiators to work hard by reminding them constantly of the passage of time.  Tick, tock was written on buttons and posters all around the Bella Center.  Ads that greeted me upon arrival at the airport showed world leaders like Ban Ki-Moon and Yvo de Boer, […]

U.S. climate change time

I understand the concept of “Africa time,” having lived in Rwanda and now Senegal.  I came to embrace “res time” when working on an American Indian reservation in law school.  But Todd Sterns’ declaration yesterday – his first public comments about the Copenhagen negotiations since their conclusion on December 19 – that President Obama and […]

Totaling the check and tallying the score

When I arrived in Copenhagen about 10 days ago, the Hopenhagen signs plastered on the walls of the arrivals area – many of them sponsored by Coca Cola – perked me up after a late night flight.  Today, reading the post-mortems in the Sunday NYT and reflecting on the roller coaster ride of the last […]

Climate Divide: The Common Blind Spot of China & U.S. pre-COP15

The last few days have been busy ones for announcing opening positions for the COP15 negotiations.  The United States announced on 11/26 that it would reduce the total tonnage of its greenhouse gas emissions “in the range of” 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.  These numbers reflect targets specified in […]

A Shameless COP15 Plug: The European Youth Forum

President Obama isn’t the only one speaking in Copenhagen next week. I will speak at a side event hosted by the European Youth Forum on Thursday, Dec 10th, from 4:30 – 6pm.  (Now known as the day after Obama’s visit. 🙂  If you’re in the ‘hood and want to attend, here’s a link to the […]

Talking Turkey at COP15

Good news!  The White House announced today that President Obama will attend the COP15 meeting on Wednesday, December 9, on his way to Oslo to accept the Nobel Prize the following day. In the nick of time, for scientists have recently given policymakers even more incentive to come to Copenhagen prepared to talk turkey (in […]

A Bend in the Road: The Copenhagen Two-Step?

Newsflash:  Why are we all going to Copenhagen if President Obama agrees with other western countries that they are not ready to make a real deal?  As the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum wrapped up four days ago, participating world leaders backed a two-step process offered by Danish PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen that would […]

Rich and Poor States on the Bumpy Road to Copenhagen

In the run-up to the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen this December, developing countries have voiced concerns about climate change’s disproportionate effect on them.  The Prime Minister of Grenada, Thomas Tillman, spoke at a meeting of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) the day before the U.N. General Assembly opened its September 22nd session.  AOSIS’s […]