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Rising panic, hard choices and not many birds
John Lanchbery, at the Doha UNFCCC conference Sunday, and I am just back from an early morning walk around the dhow wharf, one of last remnants of the old pearl fishing village of Doha. The rest of the city is brand, spanking new and stretches far out into the deserts of Qatar. Thanks to its huge...
3 Dec 2012
John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Change Advisor The European Parliament voted in favour of countries taking responsibility for their emissions from agriculture and peatlands. ‘Shouldn’t they be doing that anyway?’ you may well ask, slightly surprised. The answer is, of course, ‘yes’...
15 Oct 2012
Nearing the need for a global greenhouse peak
Helpfully confirming the mess we're in over climate climate, the new AVOID report surely must help to redouble efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The headline messages are stark. An evens chance of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius is no longer feasible - 1.6 is the very...
14 Sep 2012
Making biomass work
Matt Williams, Climate Change Policy Officer I was embarrassingly proud today when I was quoted for the first time as an RSPB climate change policy officer. The article was published on my birthday too, which is a nice treat. My statement is in an article related to biomass, which Government hopes...
7 Sep 2012
Durban climate talks continue as Ministers arrive
Post by Melanie Coath, Senior Policy Officer, in Durban Negotiators and NGOs alike are preparing for the Ministers taking over the negotiations when the High Level Segment kicks off tomorrow. All in all we have 12 Heads of State and 130 Ministers arriving here in Durban, indeed some are already here...
6 Dec 2011
Watch an RSPB climate campaigner in action
As many of you will know, there have been for many years long and drawn out negotiations over a global deal on climate change to follow on from the Kyoto Protocol, which will expire next year. The RSPB has engaged with 2 key parts of these negotiations - getting a deal and funding to protect the world's...
29 Jun 2011
Cancun - Its a deal
Some good news at last! The UN climate talks in Cancun have ended in a deal which represent a small but significant step towards a global climate deal that keeps global climate change within ‘safe’ limits. In addition to some solid commitments, including a new green climate fund that...
12 Dec 2010
Cancun - Crocodillos and Ministers arrive at the talks
Cancun is most notable by its absence in most of the UK media at the moment, so here's some more news straight from Mel Coath, who is in Cancun for the RSPB, working on land use and forestry issues - The Ministers have arrived! Some of them anyway. Chris Huhne and Greg Barker have arrived from...
7 Dec 2010
Notes from Cancun: Crystal ball gazing and strategizing
Day 2: Crystal ball gazing and strategizing Today was strategy day. We headed out to the University of the Caribbean past the burgeoning hotel complexes on the sand spit that is Cancun. Representatives of hundreds of NGOs flocked together under the umbrella of the Climate Action Network,...
30 Nov 2010
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