COP26

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Many of this month’s meetings have been eye-opening but, in the closing plenary this morning, I struggled to keep my eye’s open. Final statements were pretty much identical to opening statements 3 weeks earlier. That begs the question “what was it all for?” The sessions have highlighted, ever more clearly, the areas in which there…

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You may be wondering what happened to Day 14. There is a day 14 blog, written early yesterday morning, but I have not yet published it. I should explain why. Yesterday’s meting was rather exciting. A certain country with significant emissions, supported by another country with large fossil-fuel exports, attempted to stop observers and all…

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Be careful of the words you say, Keep them short and sweet. You never know, from day to day, Which ones you’ll have to eat. Anonymous Today I had my first early-morning meeting. This week’s meetings all start at 4 am but I must admit that I stayed in bed a bit longer and joined…

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CCL’s signature policy, of carbon fee and dividend, struggles to get the attention it deserves from the people who need to know about it. It may not be much comfort but we’re not alone in promoting a good idea that, like me when I try to order beer at a bar, seems to be all…

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Yesterday was my first day back in the office since November. I’m afraid this left no time for a blog but, on the plus side, that now gives me an opportunity to contrast the last two days. In one sense, the last two nights of negotiations have been similar in that I was equally confused…

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Finally! A session I can be happy about. I spent my time, last night, at a session on aligning the assessments of the CTCN (the Climate Technology Centre and Network) and the “Technology Mechanism”. This is all about transferring climate-friendly technology to less developed nations with the “mechanism” being legalese for what’s in the various…

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Last night’s meeting was probably the most frustrating, for me, so far. I watched a 90 minute discussion that was entirely taken up with debating whether or not another meeting was needed. The session in question was supposed to be about “impacts of mitigation”. I mentioned this set of talks in an earlier blog where…

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No I haven’t missed a day; we actually had Sunday off! Monday night was my first late session (10:00 pm – 1:00 am) and I’m definitely starting to see a pattern in the negotiations. I had expected all sorts of subtle groupings of nations and shifting alliances depending upon the exact issue. That’s not what…

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I’ve spent the last few days, as many of you will have done over half term, with my family. So I’ve missed a few days but am back in harness now. The highlight for me, on day 6, was the realisation that border carbon adjustments are on the “agenda” but not on the agenda. I…

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Image: OxfordClimatePolicy.org Why is climate negotiation so difficult? This thought passed through my head repeatedly, today, as I contemplated the efforts of 250 diplomats to agree common time frames for NDCs. Let me explain what (I think) that means and then I’ll come back to my puzzlement over how hard it is. The UK’s Nationally…