Category Archive: Summits

COP18 kicks off in Qatar

This week, the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference kicks off in Doha, Qatar. The conference takes place from November 26th through December 7th and includes the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties …

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Adaptation to Climate Change – Any Real Progress?

The last COP in Durban ended in a success for the UNFCCC process, but has more nebulous implications for the climate itself, with Kyoto put on artificial respirator and a more comprehensive agreement being pushed back to a later date. […]

A step closer to saving the emissions market at Durban: encouraging outcomes on the AAU surplus and linkage

The outcome of the UN conference in Durban has been more positive than initially indicated by the complexity of the negotiations. It is particularly laudable that a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol has been secured. This result translates into a continued existence of the international emissions trading mechanism. […]

Mixed messages from REDD+

Negotiators in Durban

Durban finished with the now commonplace but contradictory sense of achievement and disappointment. Achievement that something has been agreed, disappointment that because expectations are so low, any agreement seems like an achievement. REDD+, however, has finished COP17 with a less pessimistic sentiment […]

A Surprise Ending for Durban (Almost)

Negotiators work on an agreement late into the night, 10 December 2011. (Photo taken by the United Kingdom's Department of Energy and Climate Change)

The Durban conference on climate change ended on a much better note than many expected, but continued to delay the toughest questions for at least three years. The final outcome of the conference, COP-17, is a two-page, breakthrough document called the “Durban Platform for Enhanced Action” […]

Wholesome CDM Progress Clouded by Long-term Commitments

The world’s largest carbon offset instrument made wholesome, if not stunning or substantive, progress at Durban’s 17th Conference of the Parties. While Canada still faces considerable backlash from the hype surrounding its potential exit from 1997’s Kyoto Protocol […]

The End of Durban May Mean the End of Kyoto


The end of the Durban conference is approaching, and in all likelihood, the end of the Kyoto Protocol along with it. Developments in the last few days indicate the outcome is more likely to confirm a global disagreement, rather than agreement, over the idea of a second Kyoto commitment period, or “Kyoto II,” for all countries, both developed and developing. […]

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