COP 18 was another major disappointment

Last week COP18 ended in Doha, Qatar. As always, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has failed in addressing the climate crisis. With the various commitments made there, we are on our way to warming our planet by more than three degrees (see below) whereas 2°C – and sometimes even a mere… Continue reading COP 18 was another major disappointment

European emissions keep on decreasing, again

After the summer break, I am back on Cleantechies with good news as it is to report that European greenhouse gases emissions have decreased by 3.5 percent between 2010 and 2011. Here is a part of the introduction : ” The EU-15 emissions are now 14.1 % below the base-year level under the Kyoto Protocol.… Continue reading European emissions keep on decreasing, again

Mixed feelings about the Durban climate talks

As you sure know, the Durban Climate talks ended Sunday. There are some good news, but they are mostly bad. Good news first : The Kyoto Protocol has been extended until 2017. Another good news : the Durban agreement was the first ever to bind all countries to act on climate change. Sure, this is… Continue reading Mixed feelings about the Durban climate talks

IEA World Energy Outlook 2011

According to the IEA’s annual report, the situation is getting bleaker and bleaker. Confirming that we have five years to start decreasing our global emissions – cf. my previous post on that very matter – it is also providing several other findings. As you can sure imagine, several websites published lengthy articles on the very… Continue reading IEA World Energy Outlook 2011

Why continuing the Kyoto Protocol is crucial

To TreeHugger : ” If (the) Kyoto Protocol dies at COP17 climate talks, so does our climate “. This article reminds us that the next round of UNFCC climate talks will start in less than two months in Durban, South Africa. It also reminds us that it is the only law we have on a… Continue reading Why continuing the Kyoto Protocol is crucial

Emerging powers call for extending climate deal

To the AFP : ” Brazil, South Africa, India and China said Saturday that November’s UN climate talks should aim to extend the Kyoto Protocol, the only binding global deal to cut greenhouse gases. “ ” The four key emerging powers – seen as critical to the success of any future effort to combat climate… Continue reading Emerging powers call for extending climate deal

No (good) news from the Bonn Climate Talks

Here we go again… New climate talks, same disappointment. Preliminary talks took place in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol, which will end next year. To the Guardian, the negotiations aren’t progressing : Even if they are making progress on ” technical issues “, countries are ” still nowhere near agreement… Continue reading No (good) news from the Bonn Climate Talks

Cancun meeting ends with mixed results

This weekend ended the 16th conference of parties (COP16) due to prepare the future of the Kyoto Protocol. Albeit it didn’t end as badly as the Copenhagen meeting did, we are still pretty far from solving the climate / energy equation. In today’s post I propose you a selection of the most interesting articles related… Continue reading Cancun meeting ends with mixed results

Germany to cut its emissions by 40 percent

To Reuters, ” Germany will stick to a more ambitious goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 even though the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen fell short of expectations, a government adviser said on Monday. “ Details of how the country will achieve such drastic cuts still remain to be defined.… Continue reading Germany to cut its emissions by 40 percent

The Copenhagen climate conference explained

If like many people you don’t understand much about the Copenhagen climate conference which begins today, I have some posts that will help you understand what it’s all about. TreeHugger explains in ten points how we could reach a successful agreement and Good also proposed a series of articles : a primer, the introduction,  the… Continue reading The Copenhagen climate conference explained

Follow the Copenhagen negotiations

For the duration of the Copenhagen Climate Conference – due to prepare the future of the Kyoto Protocol – I added to the sidebar of this blog the Climate Scoreboard proposed by Climate Interactive. To the graph the business as usual scenario would increase temperatures by 4.8°C by 2100, current proposals would bring increase in… Continue reading Follow the Copenhagen negotiations