Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Climate Business vs. Climate Justice

Dec. 13, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Negotiations continued today, largely behind closed doors, with technology transfer for developing countries at the top of the agenda. Rumors are that some agreement has been reached, at least on technology transfer, but it?s unclear whether the f...

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What will the High Level Ministers Do?

Dec. 12, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

The intensity level kicked up a notch today. More people, more security, two separate entry lines for "heads of state" and "participants." The high level segment has started with a series of speeches from country representatives today and tomorrow...

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Richest Country in the World Won't Help Its Neighbors

Dec. 11, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

The Bush administration is once again holding things up in the international climate negotiations. In fact, the United States won the Fossil of the Day award today - a daily award given by the NGO community for doing really stupid things during th...

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US Congress Leading on International Climate Change?

Dec. 10, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Senator Kerry arrived in Bali today, trumpeting the Lieberman-Warner climate bill as an indication that the United States is ready to take a lead on climate change internationally. Although the bill is an indication that the United States is chang...

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To GEF or Not to GEF? That is the Question on Adaptation

Dec. 9, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

One of the big items being discussed in Bali is an Adaptation Fund that would help developing countries deal with problems arising from climate change - severe weather events, droughts, flooding, impacts on food and water, and other development ch...

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Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

Dec. 8, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth is focusing not only on what is going on inside the talks in Bali, but is also working closely with social movements and others outside the negotiations to build a movement to demand climate justice. WALHI/Friends of the Earth...

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Black and White and REDD All Over

Dec. 7, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

REDD stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries. It is a big issue at the UN negotiations, because deforestation accounts for as much as 25 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions globally.

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The World Bank's Climate Change Shenanigans

Dec. 6, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

The World Bank is one of the most well known providers of financing to developing countries for "development" projects. But over the years, the Bank has shown time and again that it sees development finance as being more about helping large multin...

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Climate-Affected Communities Speak Out

Dec. 5, 2007 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

UN climate conferences are a bit overwhelming. The negotiations, which are divided into several tracks that go on simultaneously throughout the two weeks, are awash in a sea of acronyms (SBSTA, SBI, AWG, etc.) and issue areas (adaptation, deforest...

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