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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

The Road to Rio [+20]

If you have had a little trouble following the international goings on, what with climate change and the run-up to Rio+20 next June, you are not alone.   The climate negotiations are difficult enough to keep up with, but Rio definitely requires a roadmap.  Fortunately the UN Secretariat has created a web site that helps, http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=14, […]

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by Elizabeth Burleson The Durban agreements provide a mandate with which all greenhouse-gas emitting countries will commit to a common UN legal regime as early as possible but no later than 2015. Country parties also agreed that the new deal will take effect no later than 2020. For the first time, major emerging economies have agreed […]

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What are they thinking???

Details are still sketchy, but last week’s Durban COP-17 meeting appears to have resulted in a “road map” for negotiations that would lead to a binding “legal framework” for emissions reductions — to be negotiated by the December 2015 conference of the parties, and to become effective by 2020.  If this works as planned, both […]

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David Cassuto In 2010, a Brazilian colleague and I were invited to lecture on environmental permitting at the Federal University of Pará in Belem, Brazil. The state of Pará is to be home to the proposed Belo Monte Dam. Nonetheless, we deliberately chose not to discuss the dam. Feelings run so strongly on both sides […]

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Durban Climate Negotiations

Importance of Civil Society in-person involvement in Durban Climate Negotiations: I was a finalist in a UNDP speech writing contest for the UN Secretary General in 1990. This led to becoming a youth delegate who helped craft UNFCCC, Agenda 21, and Rio Declaration text. I was in a position to engage in this early public […]

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At the risk of offending colleagues I deeply respect and admire, I do have one thought for the day: A four-wheel drive Lincoln Navigator is probably the ultimate American rugged-individualist, anti-environmentalist status symbol.   Driving one for the typical 15,000 miles per year will cost you about $3,372 in fuel costs — about 1,000 gallons of […]

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