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Who’s to Blame for the Impasse in Global Climate Talks?

From the upcoming Winter 2011 edition of the Earth Island Journal

The first thing to say about the climate negotiations this December is that they’re teetering at the edge of what, back in the day, we used to call a “legitimacy crisis.” On every side, people are eager to suggest that the negotiations…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – November 5, 2010

You Want Loopholes with That?

The take-away for Progressives from the climate legislation debacle

The bad news is that the climate/energy push just crashed and burned in the Senate.  The good news is that, in the wake of that crash, the US climate community is having a robust Big Think.  The last time we had such an…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – August 12, 2010

Forward from Copenhagen

The Emissions Emergency Is a Crisis of Justice

First, a confession: This is not another enumeration of confident judgments. I will not tell you that Copenhagen was an unmitigated failure. Or that this failure was Obama’s fault. Or that, as is the new fashion, China was the ugliest of them all. I will not say that the South’s negotiators made impossible demands. Or argue that the United Nations’ process is unwieldy and obsolete. I will not claim that only domestic…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Spring 2010

“The Bill”

Best short film about global climate justice ever!!

This little film ... ... isn't perfect, but damn is it good. Four minutes and 22 seconds, in German with English subtitles, but watch it anyway. Kudos to Germanwatch , and if anyone wants to pay for an English version, don't hesitate…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – July 28, 2009

Who gets blamed?

Bonn was disappointing, and Copenhagen will be too. Who to blame?

First up, the climate talks are not going very well.  After a rousing start in Rio in 1992, from which we returned with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the negotiations have been anything but inspiring.  1997’s Kyoto Protocol defined the…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – June 25, 2009


Climate Change’s Public Secrets

© George Nikitin/Greenpeace Message to world leaders: Any attempt to stabilize the climate must also, with equal zeal, ease the plight of the world’s poor. When it comes to the climate crisis, the level of public sophistication is rising quickly. Not that everyone can explain the difference between, say, CO2 and CO2 equivalent, but lots of people can, and even more understand that we’re in serious trouble. The ice, the methane, the…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Spring 2009

Dead Heat

Credit: Nathan Walker, www.nathanwalker.net Severe climate change -- and with it chains of storms, floods, heat waves, droughts, and even cold snaps -- is now virtually inevitable, and will bring widespread ecological destruction, extinction, and human suffering. Continued dithering will lead to climatic instability on a truly terrifying scale. We're entirely dependent on science to understand the climate problem and the demands it makes upon our responses. Some strategies will work and…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Summer 2003

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