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UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board Chair, Martin Hession, will announce at the climate change conference in Durban the names of an independent, high-level panel that will conduct a year-long dialogue with interested stakeholders to review CDM experiences and make recommendations for the positioning of the mechanism in the post-2012 period.
“The CDM is the success story of the Kyoto Protocol, as it has delivered on mitigation and given concrete expression to what is needed to address climate change in the form of tangible projects. Now is the time to tap into the experience gained implementing the mechanism and make a concerted effort for a more ambitious future,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres announcing the event which will take place on Saturday Dec. 3.
Jason Blackstock, physicist and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, says we need research on geoengineering the planet's climate because efforts to curb emissions are not working. "We’re not doing them, or not doing them nearly fast enough. If we meet right now the globally defined political target – and let’s be clear we’re nowhere near meeting that – if we get on a 2 degree trajectory there are still going to be a large number of impacts”
Geoengineering is a "Pandora's box," he admits, and "the technologies scare the hell out of me."