Final Impressions of COP 21

Television networks covering Saturday’s COP 21 meeting explained the lengthy delay in approving a final agreement  by stressing the difficulty in getting acceptance of the text of the document.  Network announcers referred to the process as “deal making”, and many times queried:  “Do we have a deal”? In this bargaining over the text, negotiators considered …

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Balanced, differentiated and legally binding

These are the words of Laurent Fabius, the President of COP, describing the draft text of the Agreement that will replace the Kyoto Protocol. The draft text is being circulated among the COP delegates who this afternoon will be asked to affirm their country’s support by voting in favour of the text.  Considering that these …

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A Slap on the Wrist

On Wednesday the Climate Action Network voted to award the Fossil of the Day to the US and Canada for refusing to support compensation for loss or damage to poor countries vulnerable to natural events caused by climate change. Catherine McKenna, our Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, recognizes the importance of the issue …

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Canada’s Leadership Role

The previous Canadian Government claimed that Canada was playing a leadership role in the COP Meetings!  This claim became more preposterous the more times it was repeated. Fortunately our present Government  is a leader.  Here are two examples of leadership. Recent statements by Catherine McKenna, our Minister of the Environment, puts Canada in the forefront of a …

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Ambush at COP21

The Kyoto Protocol recognized two groups: developed and developing countries. The latter group included 77 countries and China, which, at the time was emerging from decades of communism. However, China is still the influential member of that group over 20 years later, even though China is now the largest emitter of CO2 in the world. …

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