But first: in a development that promises to throw a wrench in negotiations, a document leaked at COP15 summit exposes a division between industrialized and developing countries over a new climate deal. A draft text proposed by the Danish host government made its way into the hands of, well, everyone, and put the entire conference in "disarray, The Guardian first reported. Folks are not happy. Campaigners say the draft text would hurt poorer nations, according to a BBC report.
The draft has created a stir among the thousands of observers and representatives, especially those from smaller nations. One of the bigger sticking points? The BASIC document, an alternative text submitted by Brazil, South Africa, India and China, calls for emissions reductions from developed countries to fall under the Kyoto Protocol. The Danish text sees everything falling under a new agreement.
It may seem minor, but these countries have been adament at maintaining the Kyoto Protocol because it contains measures on financial assistance and technology transfer, the BBC report notes.
Finally, here's a little something that just might add to the urgency of the negotiations. The U.K.'s Meteorological Office says the first decade of this century has been, the warmest decade on the instrumental record. The figures released Tuesday in Copenhagen show the last 10 years have been the warmest period in the 160-year record of global surface temperature.
The interesting bits, as WSJ's Environmental Capital notes, is that the Met, as it's called, released detailed records for the 1,500 weather stations that monitor ground temps. Access to this data has been a big piece of the Climategate saga.
Now onto the links:
China wants more from the U.S. (WSJ's Environmental Capital) China's lead negotiator is underwhelmed by President Obama's offer of a 17 percent reduction in U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 and said Tuesday in a press conference the developing nation hopes the U.S. will bring forward a "remarkable figure."
These boots were made for walkin' (NYT) It's only the second day, and already there is a growing discontent among representatives from small island nations, Africa's mostly poor states and heavily forested countries. Which leaves them with one tactic to consider: a walkout.
Quote of the day: GE CEO says 'Butts!' (ABC News) "The Chines will build more nuclear plants than we will this year," GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt said in a speech on renewable energy at Clemson University. "Europe is moving ahead on renewable energy. If we don't get off our butts and more aggressively forward, the word is not going to wait for us."
A lesson learned, is a carbon fund earned (Earth2tech) The World Bank shared what its learned about the regulation, oversight and scaling process of the more than $2.5 billion carbon funds and greenhouse reduction projects it has overseen. In short: "we've come a long way."
An iPhone app to navigate COP15 (Climate Progress) The United Nations climate change secretariat whipped up this iPhone app to provide quick and easy access to information about COP15 and even allows virtual participation in the event.
And the fossil fool award goes to ... everyone? (Fossil Fool blog) In a festive how-much-shame-can-I-spread scene, the folks from Avaaz.org and the International Climate Action Network bestowed Ukraine with the Fossil Fool of the Day Award for having the single worst carbon emissions reduction target in the world. Second place? Just about every industrialized non-EU country in the world.
The real work begins with wining and dining (Grist) Learn what a BINGO is their plans for the delegates. Yup, it's lobby time.
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