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After putting my 4 month year son to bed on Saturday night, my head hits the pillow. I’m fast asleep. I sleep deeply, albeit highly attuned to any cries or screams from down the hall way, as is the way with life in my house these days.
I awake. July 1st. Something has changed… and it’s not the fact that my son slept through the night (touch wood that is the norm now). It’s something else. As I open my eyes I look out the window. The sun is shining and the skies are clear. The sky has…Continue
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 11:32 — 1 Comment
In 2007, Australia under a recently elected Labor government rode a wave of enthusiasm for climate action all the way to Bali and the UN Climate Summit. In Bali, Australia was a knight in shining armour, signing Australia up to the Kyoto Protocol. With a stroke of the pen, Australia went from climate villain to climate hero. After more than a decade…Continue
Posted on May 30, 2012 at 15:00
These famous words by the US negotiator a few years ago, shortly after the election of Obama, had a less than positive tone for me this morning walking into the International Conference Centre, venue of this year’s UN Climate Summit.
After four intercessionals (negotiating…Continue
Posted on December 10, 2011 at 21:30
This year’s UN climate negotiations in Durban are now entering the final stages. Heads of State and Ministers are giving short sharp speeches. Ambassadors and senior diplomats are discussing bottom lines and compromises. Environment groups are following the twists and turns, planning their next moves.
Against the backdrop of the current food crisis in East…Continue
Posted on December 9, 2011 at 15:34
Reverend Tafue Lusama knows a thing or two about the urgency to tackle climate change. Living in Tuvalu, he has seen the climate changing over the last twenty years. Rising sea levels, storm surges and ocean acidification have had devastating impacts of people’s culture, livelihoods and ability to grow food. A few…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2011 at 18:30
Dark, humid, noisy and little ventilation. This is the location of the Australian Government offices here at the UN climate talks. It is also where on Wednesday morning, some colleagues and I had the chance to meet with Australia’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet.
Although this was a very short meeting, I took the window…Continue
Posted on December 7, 2011 at 13:09
“A camel is a horse made by committee and the Green Climate Fund needs to come out of the blocks like a race horse and start helping poor people”.
This was the comment from Singapore in the opening negotiation session on the Green Climate Fund…Continue
Posted on December 5, 2011 at 12:22
The climate negotiations currently underway in South Africa are particularly interesting for Australia, as we are attending with a carbon emissions tax in place.
I met with Louise Hand, Australia’s Ambassador at the UN Climate talks in Durban to discuss the position Australia is taking at COP 17. This gave her the opportunity to outline exactly what…Continue
Posted on December 5, 2011 at 12:06
Today, thousands of people took the streets of Durban, South Africa demanding climate action. Trade unionists, churches, young people, farmers, women’s groups and NGOs such as Oxfam all marched from downtown Durban to the entrance of the UN Climate Summit singing, dancing and nosily calling for our leaders to make progress in the final week of talks.…
Posted on December 4, 2011 at 1:06