The 195 parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Bonn, Germany between April 29 and May 3 to discuss a new climate treaty. The is one of several weeks of meetings before the annual Convention of the Parties (COP 19) negotiations in Poland this November. The main issues, as always, will be deciding how big the emissions cuts will be, the timing of those cuts and what the contribution should be for each country.
Prior to the meeting, Meena Raman, negotiation expert at the Third World Network said “There are two things to tackle in Bonn: how developed countries fulfill their promises to cut emissions deep and meet their financial commitments to enable developing countries to address climate change now.”
However, developed countries and blocs like the U.S., Canada and the European Union have not given any indication that they are ready to increase their promised emission cuts. The current level of promised emissions cuts are insufficient to achieve the two-degree C.
The Canadian government is likely to continue to resist efforts to reduce new Fossil fuel development as they are committed to maximize the revenue generated by the Alberta tar-sands aka the dirtiest project on earth.
© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved..
European Commissioner for Climate Action Urges Development Banks to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Curbing Fossil Fuels is Essential to Climate Change Mitigation
A Large and Growing Chorus is Calling for an End to Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Video – Bill McKibben on Faith and Fossil Fuel Divestment
Pursuing a Moratorium on New Fossil Fuel Development
Fossil Fuel Action Day Divestment Strategy
Video – A Debate about the 350.org Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
Video – Bill McKibben Makes the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment at Middlebury College
Video – Do the Math: The Movie
Fossil Fuel Powered Carbon Bombs
Video – Debate: McKibben vs. Epstein—Are Fossil Fuels a Risk to the Planet?
The Implications of the US being a Global Leader in Fossil Fuel Production
Students Advocating Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Burning Fossil Fuels and Staying Within the 2 Degree Limit
President Clinton on What People Need to Know about Renewable Energy
Fossil Fuels are the Most Hated Industry in the US
End Fossil Fuel Subsidies Totaling One Trillion Per Year
Success of the #EndFossilFuelSubsidies Campaign
Rio+20: 350.org Campaign to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Obama Striving to Put an End to Oil Subsidies
Environmental Politics: Obama Versus the GOP
GOP Fights Removal of Oil Subsidies
End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Obama’s Call for an End to Oil Subsidies
Tell the G20 to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies Now
The G20 and the Transition to a Greener Economy
Reigning in Irresponsible Oil Giants Chevron
Canadians Disappointed with Conservatives
Scientists Urge Government Action on Climate Including Removing Oil Subsidies
4 Principles for Climate and Energy Legislation
Air and Water in the OECD Report
Independence Day: Declaration of Freedom from Fossil Fuels