Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies set to be a hot topic in Doha

Business Day Live 3 December 2012.

GOVERNMENT ministers from some of the nations gathered in Qatar to thrash out a new, legally binding global pact on how to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases would hold roundtable discussions on Wednesday, European Union climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard said on Monday.

Some ministers and heads of state have already descended on the tiny Arab Emirate, which is hosting this year’s United Nations climate change talks, and president Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah said on Monday he would start pre-roundtable talks with those already in Doha…

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Will the planet be saved?

Saliem Fakir, Low Carbon future, 20 January 2012.

Fourteen days of deliberations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seventeeth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) culminated in a diplomatic coup where, for the first time, countries agreed to negotiate a new treaty that will have some legal form or other that includes everybody – not just a binding agreement for rich countries…

http://www.polity.org.za/article/will-the-planet-be-saved-2012-01-20

COP 17 and what is to be done about mitigation

Polity.org.za 20 January 2011.

The climate negotiations in Durban led to agreement on four broad aspects. The negotiators agreed to continue under the Kyoto Protocol for a few more years. At the same time, a new agreement will be negotiated by 2015, taking effect from 2020 – the Durban Platform was the second major piece. Thirdly, the negotiators put the Green Climate Fund (GCF) under multilateral control. And they also agreed a 55-page decision on implementation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)…

http://www.polity.org.za/article/the-durban-cop-and-what-is-to-be-done-on-mitigation-2012-01-20

What did Durban deliver?

Industry Voice (Business Green) 4 January 2012. (A good summary)

After two weeks at the Durban climate summit, I was thoroughly burned out. Never mind the negotiators that worked through three consecutive nights to salvage some sort of agreement: the unremitting but inexhaustibly interesting schedule of side events, meetings and blog writing left me shattered…

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/industry-voice-blog/2134889/durban-deliver?WT.rss_f=Industry-voice-blog&WT.rss_a=What+did+Durban+deliver%3F

Climate change affects everybody and we all play a role

Business Report 4 January 2012. (A good way to start the new year!)

Last Month’s climate talks, COP17, seem light years away. The focus has already tipped from climate headlines to ones dominated by economic recession. The summit’s outcome is best reflected by reframing the the official slogan from “Saving tomorrow today” to “Saving today’s decisions for tomorrow”.

As a new year begins, there is an important lesson to be learnt. If you want something done, do it yourself…

http://www.iol.co.za/business/climate-change-affects-everybody-and-we-all-play-a-role-1.1207919

Climate Change and the Failure of Market Mechanisms

The Real News 19 December 2011 (Streaming video).

Patrick Bond: Carbon markets failing and Durban Green Climate Fund doomed – up to activists now…

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=7723

SA should consider placing a price on carbon

Engineering News 14 December 2011.

Policy makers in South Africa would have to focus their efforts on placing a price on carbon in the next few years, said Paul Curnow, Sydney-based partner with global law firm Baker & McKenzie…

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/sa-should-consider-placing-a-price-on-carbon-2011-12-14