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A global climate policy – thoughts for Xmas

by Kennedy Graham

These past five weeks, I have visited Europe studying climate policy.  I attended the UN’s 19th climate conference, UNFCCC COP-19, in Warsaw.  After Poland, I visited Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom and European Union (Brussels).  And I retraced my UN steps to the Middle East (Jordan) and spoke with leaders there as well.

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The EU’s climate policy – swimming against the tide

by Kennedy Graham

I have argued earlier that the EU is leading the world on climate record and policy.  It is.  The EU-27’s emissions dropped 16% from 5.6 Gt. in 1990 to 4.7 Gt. in 2010, where ours rose 22%.  Its targets are better than others, and its policies are serious and rational.

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Regional/National climate policy – 4. European Union

by Kennedy Graham

They are not perfect but they lead the world in climate policy.

If humanity rescues itself from dangerous – or worse, catastrophic – climate change, it will not be because of the US, or the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) or CANZ (Canada, Australia, NZ).  It will be because of the EU.

Before the defining 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Europeans were active.

-    It was Sweden that convened the first UN environment summit, back in ’72.

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地區/國家氣候政策(四)─歐盟

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National Climate Policy – 3. Norway

And what of Norway?

It’s oil on troubled waters. Norway has the oil. And it has hydro. Both are, to some extent, problematic.

Oil makes it rich – what some say is the ‘divided economy’. There is the oil-driven part that revs up prices (a dinner out for two in Oslo is over 50% higher than Wellington or Auckland). And there is the traditional rural economy of agriculture and fishing, which doesn’t.

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國家氣候政策(三):挪威

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Not to be hypercritical, but… – analysing Minister Groser’s statement to UN-COP19

by Kennedy Graham

Climate Minister Tim Groser gave New Zealand’s statement on Wednesday night, here in Warsaw.  Not wishing to heap unfair criticism but loyal opposition prompts a few thoughts.

Mr Groser’s ‘large realities’:

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1st APGN Congress, Kyoto, Japan, February 11th-13th, 2005

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Sowing Greens Seeds in the Asia Pacific Region

 

a report back from Kyoto by Mike Feinstein
 
Overview/Summary
 

The breadth and depth of the Global Green movement was on display February 11th to 13th in Kyoto, Japan, as the Asia-Pacific Green Network was formally organized into an ongoing network of Greens, from Pakistan to the Pacific, and from Mongolia to the Tasmanian sea.

 

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