Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Black and White and REDD All Over

Dec. 7, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

REDD stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries. It is a big issue at the UN negotiations, because deforestation accounts for as much as 25 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions globally.

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The World Bank's Climate Change Shenanigans

Dec. 6, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

The World Bank is one of the most well known providers of financing to developing countries for "development" projects. But over the years, the Bank has shown time and again that it sees development finance as being more about helping large multin...

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Climate-Affected Communities Speak Out

Dec. 5, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

UN climate conferences are a bit overwhelming. The negotiations, which are divided into several tracks that go on simultaneously throughout the two weeks, are awash in a sea of acronyms (SBSTA, SBI, AWG, etc.) and issue areas (adaptation, deforest...

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Australia Ratifies Kyoto, and the US is ALONE

Dec. 4, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Australia has now ratified the Kyoto Protocol and the United States is left as the only major country refusing to join the agreement. A recent change in government in Australia means that the US is now truly by itself in refusing to commit to this...

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The Start of Talks

Dec. 3, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Negotiations started today in Bali, Indonesia at the 13th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Over the next two weeks, countries are working to agree to a mandate for negotiating the second phase of the Kyoto Pr...

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Fighting for Pavley

Nov. 10, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

California's Pavley Law, which would limit CO2 emissions of cars and trucks in the state by around 30 percent, is being zealously blocked by the federal government.

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