The Nation

on Dec 18, 2009 - 08:23 AM ET

It’s the final day of COP15. Obama addressed the talks this morning, saying: “There is no time to waste. … We must choose action over inaction; the future over the past.” Negotiations are still deadlocked, though, and a deal is far from certain.

Here’s a run down of what’s on the negotiating table and what issues remain stumbling blocks.

Emissions cuts: A leaked U.N. document shows that a huge gap remains between...

on Dec 17, 2009 - 12:54 PM ET

An internal UNFCCC Secretariat memo that has been leaked to the press shows that current commitments from developed and developing countries on cutting their emissions will keep global temperature rise to only 3° Celsius.


The analysis paper states that there remains a significant gap between the level of emissions cuts needed to curb global temperature rise and current pledges from developed countries as well as voluntary cuts from developing...

Climate Change
on Dec 17, 2009 - 09:24 AM ET

Senator John Kerry spent less than a day at COP15 but his comments during a Wednesday speech at the conference shed light on the U.S. negotiating position as the talks near a close.


Kerry spent the day and early evening speaking with a wide range of environmental ministers and heads of state from China and India as well as the U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown and representatives of the Alliance of Small Island States. Kerry flew back to the U.S. late...

on Dec 16, 2009 - 12:55 PM ET

The New York Times breathlessly reported on Wednesday that a treaty on REDD – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation – had all but been signed.


The reality, however, is much more complex.

A look at the state of discussions on REDD illuminates the dire state of climate negotiations at COP15. With less than 72 hours before the close of this...

on Dec 15, 2009 - 16:57 PM ET

Cap and trade. Clean Development Mechanism. Carbon offsets. This is the language of solving climate change. What are they, though? How do they work? Do they work? And are there alternatives to market-based solutions that might help to reduce global emissions?

I posed these questions to Oscar Reyes of Carbon Trade Watch, a project of the Transnational Institute and seeks a “justice-based analysis of climate change and climate analysis.”


on Dec 15, 2009 - 12:16 PM ET

COP15 negotiations on a text aimed at curbing deforestation are quickly unraveling, according to several conservation and indigenous rights organizations. These groups are calling a recently released draft text on REDD – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation – a major step backwards.


“There’s a proliferation of options being introduced into the draft text,” Bill Barclay of the Rainforest Action Network...