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What role for the US? A question for the rest of the world


Civil society assessment of US climate policy and arguments for why the rest of the world should reject the US led "new paradigm" of voluntary pledges and stick to the Bali Road map and the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol.

"The world therefore faces a simple question: What to do with the United States? If developed countries opt for a Copenhagen Accord-type non-binding system of voluntary pledges, with no science- and equity-based aggregate target, then they will be dangerously backsliding from a legally binding system simply to secure a commitment by the United States to do whatever it was going to do anyway – nothing more and nothing less. If this is the case, then the “basic bargain” the US offers seems a bad one."

Full three-page assessment here.
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Todd Stern on US climate change policy: "A New Paradigm..."

Here is a statement delivered by Todd Stern, the US Climate Change Envoy, on 8 October entitled: "A New Paradigm: Climate Change Negotiations in the Post-Copenhagen Era", which outlines the US positions on the climate change negotiations.
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TWN Tianjin News Update 5, 6 and 7

Third World Network News updates from the Tianjin UNFCCC negotiations 4-9 October 2010.Third World Network update no 5, "'Stock-taking meeting' midway through Tianjin shows divergence of views on process and outcome for Cancun".Third World Network update no 6, "'Call for a permanent forum on potential consequences from response measures to climate change"Third World Network update no 7: "AWG-KP legal
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"A Challenge for the U.S. to match China's efforts to address Climate Change"

Here is a recent letter send to Todd Stern, US Special envoy on climate change, from a number of Chinese academics and civil society organisations, arguing that the US must stop using China as an excuse for inaction, and showing that the Chinese efforts on climate change are more serious and stringent those of the US, while China still is a developing country in many respects. See also this fact sheet
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Comparison between China and the US

Here is an interesting table comparing the US and China on a number of issues – a quite embarrassing reading for the US. Issued as fact sheet to accompany a letter to the US delegation by a number of Chinese civil society organisations.
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Press release: Civil Society to UN Advisory Group on Climate Finance: You Are ‘On the Wrong Track’

A civil society press release addressing the UN Advisory group on Climtate Finance, issued during the Tianjin negotiations.-----As the UN Secretary General’s High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) works to complete a review of sources of climate funding by the end of October, climate justice groups are voicing increasing concern over the focus of the AGF and the process through
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News reporting from Tianjin, with focus on China challenging US

China and US clash at climate talkshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/06/china-climate-talks-us-negotiatorAFP: China tells rich nations to improve emission targetshttp://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwsL_RY6bdU9YcSBwBR9C7GUM1zw?docId=CNG.5cb7ef236c63dc32da7a98f3cefc25f2.481Bloomberg: China Envoy Says U.S., Others Should Raise Emissions Targets, AFP Reportshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-05/china-envoy-says-u-s-others-should-raise-emissions-targets-afp-reports.htm
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Carbon trading business pespective on markets in Tianjn negotiations

Tianjin talks see progress on markets06 October, 2010Developing country opposition to the expansion of market mechanisms after 2012 is softening, according to delegates at the latest round of climate talks in Tianjin, China, although big-picture complexities around the negotiations could hold up progress on the issue.Meanwhile, talks on developing a market for carbon stored in forests have been going
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TWN Tianjin News Update 4

Third World Network update no 4:, "Mandate of the AWG-KP contact group on legal matters in dispute", from the current UNFCCC negotiations in Tianjin, China 4-9 October 2010.
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Congress letter to Hilary Clinton arguing for a UNFCCC climate fund

Within the US there is substantial support for the kind of climate financing under a UNFCCC global fund that developing countries and civil society orgnisations are calling for. Here a recent letter to Hilary Clinton from a large number of US Congressmen showing support for such a new global climate fund under the UNFCCC – something that challenges the present US position under Obama considerably.
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TWN Tianjin News Update 3

Third World Network update no 3, "Developing countries united on ambitious Kyoto Protocol reduction targets", from the current UNFCCC negotiations in Tianjin, China 4-9 October 2010.
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TWN Tianjin News Update 2

Third World Network update no 2, "Developing countries call for balanced outcomes in Cancun", from the current UNFCCC negotiations in Tianjin, China 4-9 October 2010.
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Another strong case for 1,5 degrees or less

Here is a study showing that the last super-interclacial period (130 000-116 000 years ago) was on average only 1,5 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times, and yet had sea levels 6,6-9,4 meters higher than today. The 2 degree target thus appears unacceptably risky. -----An analysis of geological records that preserve details of the lastknown period of global warming has revealed ‘startling’
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Climate Justice Now intervention, Kyoto Protocol track

Here the Climate Justice Now intervention on 4 Oct at the Kyoto Protocol working group at the UNFCCC negotiations in Tianjin, Chjina. Statement read by Maitreyi Shankar, coordinator of KKPKP - union of wastepickers in Pune, India . **********************************I speak on behalf of Baida, sitting by my side, who does not speak English.“My name is Baida Bai Gaikwad and I am a member of Kagad
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TWN Tianjin News Update 1

First Third World Network update on the key issues at stake in the current UNFCCC negotiations in Tianjin, China 4-9 October 2010.
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