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COP15 coming to a close…

As the negotiations are coming to a close, a select number of world leaders are struggling to come to an agreement. Here is a smattering of recent press: World leaders come together to continue meeting The world’s leaders have come together once again to move the climate negotiations forward, after having gathered in smaller groups […]

Senator John Kerry: “Amateur hour is over. It’s time for science fact to trump science fiction.”

Wednesday, December 16, our last day in the Bella Center due to NGO restrictions, was an intense day.  In the first meeting, we witnessed the resignation of COP15 President Connie Hedegaard and several Heads of State statements, as well as the concern from developing countries regarding the imposition of the Danish text. I left the […]

Hillary Clinton Arrives

At a press briefing today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that the United Stated will contribute its “fair share” of the $100 billion dollars needed for developing countries to deal with the negative effects of climate change IF the parties can come together on an agreement by the end of the COP.  This has […]

Powerful Statements from the Plenary

I am not one of the three in our group in the plenary today, but I have been watching the live streaming for the past 4 hours.  Various heads of states are now giving their 5-10 minutes statements.  I just listened to the Prime Minister of Mali, Modibo Sidibe and the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.  […]

Reparations: Making Wealthy Countries Pay for Their Contribution to Climate Change

A major human rights concern in climate change is that of environmentally displaced persons (EDPs):  people who are forced to leave their homes because of environmental causes ranging from climate change, development projects, industrial accidents, environmental degradation, the environmental aftermath of war, and lack of natural resources.  The Red Cross has already declared that more […]

Lisa Jackson: Not at an “either/or,” but a “both/and” moment regarding U.S. climate legislation

Today, U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson addressed a packed house at the U.S. Center.  Among the several recently announced climate related initiatives such as vehicle and building efficiency, it is clear that the final endangerment finding is the primary accomplishment of Obama’s EPA. I witnessed the passion and commitment of Administrator Jackson’s efforts to return […]

Meeting with CIEL

Ana Parente, a fellow at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and LLM at VLS, set up a great meeting for our delegation with Steve Porter, a climate change guru at CIEL.  He is currently leading Climate Action Network (CAN).  Wearing a “Lead or Go Home” ID holder, he discussed various aspects of the […]

E.P.A. Finalizes Endangerment Finding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized their proposed greenhouse gas endangerment finding just in time to keep the pressure on Congress while the U.S. negotiates at Copenhagen.  See the quick post from the NY Times below: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/epa-sets-carbon-crackdown/?hp

Dramatic November Leaves Hope for Significant U.S. Contribution at COP15

Reading a recent article highlighting Sen. James Inhofe’s now-international obstructionism on efforts to stem climate change, I was struck by how eventful and dramatic the last few months have been for folks who have been paying attention and are holding their breath for actual progress at the Copenhagen Conference of Parties.

A global perspective…

Attending COP15 provides me with an amazing opportunity to build on my educational and professional experience regarding climate change and witness international negotiations in practice.

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