Archive for December 2009

Scooters Cause Smog in Taipei

December 22, 2009

By Anne Stephenson, Campus Outreach Coordinator, Clean Air-Cool Planet As you’ve discovered from Claire’s earlier post, she and I are in Taipei for climate action planning workshops for Taiwanese schools and universities.  Our workshops went really well (more on that later) but first a post on Taipei in general… At first glance, Taipei is a [...]

Negotiating the wrong treaty in Copenhagen?

December 21, 2009

By Bill Moomaw, Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy The Fletcher School Tufts University  The flailing around in Copenhagen has produced little in the way of a useful agreement. After wasting 15 years following the ratification of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the world discovered that an intensive two-year negotiations process has failed to [...]

11th hour deal finally sewn up in Copenhagen

December 18, 2009

By Brooks Yeager Executive Vice President for Policy, Clean Air-Cool Planet It’s 11 at night in Copenhagen, and the word is that President Obama has finally sewn up a deal.  It took more effort, of a more personal kind, than perhaps he might have expected.  He had to scrap his schedule, stay longer than he [...]

Copenhagen from the Other Side of the World

December 18, 2009

By Claire Roby Carbon Accounting Coordinator Clean Air-Cool Planet I’ve returned to Taiwan after studying here five years ago to find an incredibly warm December, and it is not difficult to imagine that global climate change is in the forefront of many people’s minds.  The Copenhagen talks have been featured prominently in the papers for [...]

Some signs of new life for an agreement in Copenhagen

December 18, 2009

By Brooks B. Yeager Executive Vice President for Policy Clean Air-Cool Planet It’s all come down to the wire.  The possibility of a meaningful political deal, declared dead by Chinese negotiators as late as Wednesday night, has been given new life, but only just.  The rescue began with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s news conference [...]

From COP-15: A Long Night in Copenhagen

December 17, 2009

By Brooks Yeager, Executive Vice President for Policy Clean Air-Cool Planet It’s going to be a long night. The veteran negotiators have that look of weary resignation that means they know what they have to do, even if they were much younger the last time they had to do it.  But all the gauntlets have [...]

From COP-15: Breakdowns Rule the Day in Copenhagen

December 16, 2009

By Brooks B. Yeager, Executive Vice President for Policy, Clean Air-Cool Planet Today was the day that anything that could break down, did break down.  This was true both inside the negotiations and out.  First to go was the credentialling system.  The problems with the lines of uncredentialled participants, which have been growing since late last [...]

Melting Glaciers and Ice Sheets Take Center Stage at COP-15

December 16, 2009

By Brooks B. Yeager, Executive Vice President for Policy, Clean Air-Cool Planet The world’s snow and ice took center stage at the Copenhagen climate conference today, as former Vice President Al Gore joined Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr-Store to raise the troubling specter of a world in which mountain glaciers are a distant memory and the [...]

Workshop Breathes New Life into Old Houses in New Hampshire

December 15, 2009

By Garry Dow, Community Outreach Coordinator, Clean Air-Cool Planet “Houses breathe?” she asked. “Houses breathe,” I replied. The old woman peered out over her wire rimmed glasses. “Really?” “Really,” I said. We were standing in the middle of the Tracy Memorial Library in New London, NH. The room was a jumble of competing voices and [...]

While Glaciers Retreat, SLCF Reduction Must Go Forward

December 15, 2009

By Brooks B. Yeager, Executive Vice President for Policy, Clean Air-Cool Planet While progress in crafting an effective international response to climate change has been proceeding, as they say, “at a glacial pace,” the glaciers themselves have not.  They’ve been retreating and losing ice at an accelerating rate – one that threatens to change the face [...]


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