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  • Blog Post: Update from Durban and Why we need a climate deal by 2015 - video

    As explained by John Lanchbery, who is in Durban for the RSPB doing his best to help get an effective deal to protect rainforests.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Peatering out

    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’...
  • Blog Post: Update from Bonn - Russia stalls things

    John Lanchbery, RSPB Principal Climate Change Advisor, at the Bonn UNFCCC conference It is warm, sunny day here at the UN climate talks in Bonn. It is less warm and sunny inside the main meeting room, however, where Russia has just finally stalled one of the two main technical sessions, the Subsidiary...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life... Bonn talks draw towards close

    John Lanchbery, RSPB Principal Climate Change Advisor, at the Bonn UNFCCC conference Thursday and a warm, humid morning breaks over the climate change talks in Bonn. Up early to ensure that I am sufficiently alert to chair the daily NGO 'political coordination' at nine. Catch the local...
  • Blog Post: What did Durban do for rainforests?

    Post by John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Change Adviser at the RSPB Often unreported amidst the high profile politics of the international climate talks are the negotiations on saving tropical forests or, in the snappy jargon of the UN process: ‘reducing emissions from deforestation and forest...
  • Blog Post: Storms gather at climate talks in Durban

    Guest post from John Lanchbery, Principle Climate Change Adviser at the RSPB, in Durban The tropical storm that has been brewing all day has fallen upon Durban this evening, just in time to catch representatives of the World’s environment and development groups on their way back from a strategy...
  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Dusk falls Durban - will there be a deal?

    Posted by John Lanchbery in Durban The negotiations look like going right down to the wire here in Durban – if not considerably beyond the wire and well into tomorrow. If this turns out to be the case then it will probably be a good thing because they do not carry on negotiating when there is...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Notes from Cancun: Lurking with intent

    Two of our colleagues are in Cancun. Over the next ten days we'll be sharing their thoughts and experiences from the talks first-hand. Day 1: Lurking with intent Today we found out that an exclusive group of land and forests negotiators from rich countries were having a secret pre-meet in a posh...
  • Blog Post: Update from Doha

    John Lanchbery, at the UNFCCC conference Two days to go at the global climate negotiations in Doha and the sun continues to shine outside, although not much light percolates through to the negotiations. Ministers have arrived now and with them have come the journalists; I am sitting next to John Vidal...
  • Blog Post: The fight against forest-destroying biofuels – hope at last?

    By Archie Davies, Head of European Policy Campaigns Today we have seen progress on an issue that affects wildlife across the globe – biofuels. The link between wildlife and biofuels might not be an obvious one, but it's deep-rooted, linked to the carbon emissions and habitat destruction...
  • Blog Post: Conservation for carbon and for nature: having our cake and eating it?

    Mitigation or adaptation? Carbon conservation or nature conservation? A recent paper by Chris Thomas and others looks at whether these two things can be balanced effectively. The approach is based on mapping, for carbon and for nature. The maps for conservation importance are produced using ‘zonation’...
  • Blog Post: Cloud of CO2 as delegates head to Warsaw

    As delegates head to Warsaw for the United Nations climate talks, the World Meteorological Organisation announces that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are continuing an upward and accelerating trend, which is driving climate change and will shape the future of our planet for hundreds and thousands...
  • Blog Post: Warsaw: half time and a small hurray

    John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Adviser A week ago in Warsaw they were putting out the bunting for Polish National Day. This weekend they have been putting up the Christmas decorations, and very nice they are too. It is half time at the UN climate change conference in the national football stadium...
  • Blog Post: Warsaw 3 - full time and ball still in play

    John Lanchbery, Principal Climate Adviser It is just after 8pm on Saturday, 23rd November and I am on the overnight sleeper train from Warsaw to Cologne. Mohamed from Christian Aid is calling it the climate train because there are lots of people from the climate talks on board. I literally just bumped...