Centre for Science and Environment


Negotiating the future

November 15, 2000
        
We at Equity Watch are probably among the most arrogant people on earth. We are the rich of the South, trying to represent the poor of the South. We still haven't decided whether we should also represent the poor of the North. Perhaps one day we will. But we hope our readers will pardon this arrogance. It is an arrogance with a cause. An attempt to give a voice to the voiceless, a ear to the unheard and an eye to the blinded.

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Impacts: The hare and the tortoise

November 17, 2000

Findings on the impact of climate get bleaker while negotiations hobble along

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Small country, big example

November 17, 2000

St Lucia shows the way

"My small country is taking the lead to invest in renewable technology. We challenge others to bite the bullet," said Kenny Anthony, prime minister of St Lucia, speaking at the meeting on Contraction and Convergence: From idea to deal? Organised by the Global Commons Institute (GCI), GLOBE, CSE, Climate Network Africa and Counterpart Europe, the meeting brought together a group of politicians and NGOs calling for the need for equity in climate negotiations.

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Good Governance: Who's carbon hypocrisy

November 17, 2000

Should financial institutions be asked to stop fossil fuel funding to developing countries?

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Will the mother of all deals be on sinks?

November 17, 2000

There is disquiet in the air. Everybody is moving around, looking so busy. But nobody knows what is being negotiated. Old hands will tell you that deals are being made behind closed doors. Conference chairperson, Jan Pronk, an experienced politician is expected to move things on. Somewhere there will be a deal to clinch all deals.

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Consenting adults in a hot world

November 17, 2000

Back to Basics by Anil Agarwal

Why is equity so important for mitigating climate change?

Very simple: because we are all human beings. Not Americans, Europeans, Japanese or Chinese. Or more intelligent or less intelligent. We are humans. Just humans. Full stop. Now we have to decide whether we want to be like a bunch of raucous kids or a group of consenting adults.

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Fossil Fuel SuicideWhy fossil fools will cost us the Earth

November 17, 2000

The Kyoto Protocol will be a disaster of bigger proportions if it subsidises carbon-based energy through CDM.  The world will then not achieve safe concentration levels until the end of the century.

The world needs investments in R&D  and policy changes  that drive down fossil fuel subsidies in the North and the South

Even a focus on energy efficiency will not work (see below)

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The far side

November 17, 2000

A visitor to the Congrescentrum would never guess it, but there is only one reason why we are here: the Western model of economic development which is heavily dependant on carbon-based fossil fuels has turned out not to be such a good idea after all, and we need an alternative. Fast.

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Sinks: No principles!

November 20, 2000

The working group on sinks finds principles most expendable

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African delusions

November 20, 2000

Will CDM benefit Africa?

African delegates would have done well to stop a minute and think of what went wrong with CDM’s closest cousin (or should we say clone), the pilot phase of the Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ). Of 103 AIJ projects carried out since 1995, only two were implemented in Africa.

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