Tagged: Copenhagen

NZ: pushing the world to go beyond 2 degrees - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Dec 05, 2014

New Zealand is coming under increasing scrutiny in Lima, not least because it’s our turn to be reviewed by the UNFCCC process. Early next week our representatives will have to defend our position and our lack of action to 190 governments in our first “multilateral assessment.” Already, there have been some tough questions, coming especially […] … Read More

Ange Palmer: Why I Feel So Good About Climate Change - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 26, 2014

I have been marinating in the meaty world of climate change for a good five years now. I’ve been on a wild ride as a film maker producing a documentary called 2 Degrees (that’s the trailer above). Our film looks at the flaws in the UN climate negotiation process through the gritty lens of climate […] … Read More

Oxfam on food justice: clearheaded and admirable - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 22, 2011

I thought of Oxfam’s recent report on food justice while I was reviewing Christian Parenti’s book Tropic of Chaos. He wrote of how climate change impacts are compounding the existing economic and political problems of many poorer populations. This is also very evident in Oxfam’s report on the alarming new surge in hunger as higher [...] … Read More

Can Cancún’s COP deliver? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 30, 2010

Another year, another Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, number 16 in a series that looks set to run and run. Mexico is the host, Cancún the seaside resort where thousands of diplomats, negotiators, activists and apparatchiks are gathering to have another go at sorting out a successor [...] … Read More

Wake the world - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 24, 2010

This is a guest post by Anthony Giddens and Martin Rees. Giddens is a former director of the London School of Economics, a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and the author of The Politics of Climate Change. Rees is president of the Royal Society. This year has seen outbreaks of extreme weather in many regions [...] … Read More

The King will come - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 17, 2010

Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government, has not retired into quiet obscurity since leaving that position. He co-authored the book The Hot Topic (reviewed here) in 2008 and works as director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford, which addresses the major environmental threats and opportunities [...] … Read More

What becomes of the broken Hartwell? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 13, 2010

Calls for a radical re-framing of policies to deal with climate change are intuitively attractive — after all, current national and international policies don’t seem to be doing much to curb rising emissions. The latest effort comes from a group of developed world academics brought together by London School of Economics professor Gwyn Prins, and [...] … Read More

Klein in Bolivia: global democracy is the way forward - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Apr 23, 2010

Naomi Klein has been to Bolivia. She reports in the Guardian on the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth held this week. The Copenhagen Accord speaks of keeping global warming to two degrees. In fact to date the emissions reductions pledged under the Accord put the world on the path [...] … Read More