Saleemul Huq from IIED: Two big issues at COP17 are mitigation (extending the Kyoto Protocol and work toward a new global treaty) and getting the Green Climate Fund up and running
Farming First, along with 14 other leading agricultural organisations (including three United Nations agencies, the World Bank, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, the World Farmers' Organisation, and the International Food Policy Research Institute) have jointly endorsed a letter to the COP17 climate negotiators with a specific call-to-action, namely to approve a Work Programme for agriculture in Durban..
Agriculture is the low-hanging fruit for a deal at the climate talks this year, and this letter represents a strong consensus from key actors in agriculture on how negotiators can make progress this year -- both to mitigate agriculture's current level of emissions but also to help farmers adapt to changing growing conditions. The letter calls on negotiators to "take early action to determine the long-term investments needed to transform agriculture to meet future challenges."
The letter comes ahead of Agriculture and Rural Development Day, which takes place in parallel to the COP17 climate talks this Saturday, 3 Dec in Durban. Read the full letter at: www.agricultureday.org/openletter
Patricia Espinosa, who was COP president at Cancun, making interesting comments this morning about how "consensus" doesn't mean "unanimity". Countries who want action may try to move ahead without those who continue to drag their feet.
Mexico believes all countries must make binding commitments to reduce climate-changing commissions, Patricia Espinosa says
Patricia Espinosa: Continuing the Kyoto Protocol - or not - is purely a political issue now. "This is not a technical issue. We have in front of us the need to take a political decision."
@Ian Sullivan Welcome. Good to see you here :)
For the last decade, the US has coordinated every month with Canada and Mexico to come up with a continental depiction of drought. Now “we would like to do the same thing everywhere else," NOAA expert say. Sounds like a good idea!
Day Two of the Durban climate talks - some good sessions coming up on climate risk, governance of the Green Climate Fund and so on.....
Some fascinating countries on Germanwatch's latest climate risk index. Who would have thought Oman, Poland and Portugal would rank in the top 10, but no African countries? The index measures deaths from extreme events and economic losses, weighted for population size. Sven Harmeling, the author, notes that the index doesn't pick up drought effects that well, one reason for the absence of African countries