The Framework for Various Approaches: A parting present from Mommy Thatcher

By: Graham Thurston Hallett For the sea of humanity that is increasingly feeing the changing conditions resulting from a warmer climate brought on by anthropogenic interference, it is clear what must be done—reduce emissions dramatically in the developed countries. Those in historically responsible nation-states must demand urgency through the immediate reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GhG)...

Overview of UNFCCC Finance

by Bohdan Zymka In an effort to prepare for the coming COP in Warsaw, Earth in Brackets presents a brief overview of finance under the UNFCCC. The cost of climate change is rising. South Centre put the costs of mitigation and adaptation at 600 billion USD to 1.5 trillion USD per year, 5-10 times more then what has been pledged under the UNFCCC, and the costs of loss and damage have yet to be...

Protected: UN Climate Negotiation History 101

by Katie O'Brien As Earth in Brackets prepares its delegation for Warsaw we have been reviewing and learning more about the history of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). So I thought it’d be good to share our notes and knowledge with our audience so maybe you can better understand what we’re talking about in COP19. 1992 The Rio Earth Summit happens – you may have seen...

The Technology Mechanism – what it contains and what’s happening within

by Lara Shirley As one of the five key points in the 2008 Bali Action Plan, technology and the transfer of it constitute a key part of an equitable response to climate change. A Technology Mechanism was therefore created in order to increase the quantity and efficiency of technology transfer from the North to the South. The Technology Mechanism was proposed by the G77 and China in 2008, and was...

From Crevice to Chasm

By Julian Velez Developed countries are trying to undermine the relevance of the Bali Road Map as a whole, as well as the Durban Package laid out last year. These include a 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP), and comparable mitigation actions by developed countries for non-KP parties under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) and Nationally Appropriate...