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Day 1: India demands consensus

India has started on the same note that it did at the Stockhlom Convention. It sought consensus based addition of chemicals in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) list. The COP5 of the Rotterdam Convention has met to decide upon the inclusion of the following chemicals in the Annex III to the convention- chrysotile asbestos, endosulfan, alachlor and aldicarb. On day one of the convention, COP5 parties adopted the agenda without amendments.

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Politics pull down climate talks, emission ups

 

June 17 / Bonn

Possibility of a global treaty looks thin in Durban later this year

By Aditya Ghosh

Bhopal's Curative Petition Dismissed

 The Supreme Court, on May 11, dismissed the curative petition filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to enhance the punishment of the accused in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy case. The petition was filed in August 2010 against an order of the apex court that diluted the charges against the accused in 1996. The court said that the CBI approached the court after a long period of 14 years and there were no sufficient grounds to invoke the curative jurisdiction. 

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Asbestos and Endosulfan at Rotterdam Convention

As India attends the COP5, it is worth looking at how it has fared in the past. In COP 4, held in 2008, India had played spoilsport by preventing chrysotile asbestos and endosulfan from being included in Annex III of UN's Rotterdam Convention that brands them hazardous. Including the two in the Annex III would have made mandatory for countries to take a Prior Informed Consent, or PIC, before exporting them to other countries.
 

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Accounting loopholes, modest targets, spiraling emissions

June 16 / Bonn

Cancun pledges from developed countries can be met even without any actual reduction thanks to crafty calculations, points out two studies

Climate vulnerable regions get insurance boost

June 11/ Bonn

Ecosystem adaptation model fits with the compensation instruments

By Aditya Ghosh

Bonn, June 11: Ecosystem based adaptation to climate change impacts has emerged as the most cost-effective method both for climate insurance schemes and developing resilience in communities to combat climate change.

Don’t need to be accountable for fast start fund: USA

June 11/ Bonn

Says it’s voluntary and transparency wasn’t a part of the original deal

By Aditya Ghosh

Stalemate deepens over future of GHG reductions

One after other, developed countries decline to any binding commitments post-Kyoto

By Aditya Ghosh

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