Blog: Discussions de l’ONU sur le climat : le verdict

Les discussions de l’ONU sur le climat à Poznan se sont déroulées jusqu’à une heure avancée hier soir. Je suis parti vers minuit car franchement, je ne comprenais pas un mot de ce qui se disait. Les discussions étaient ponctuées d’acronymes inconnus, d’obscurs termes techniques ou encore de numéros faisant référence à des documents, alors j’ai préféré laisser l’équipe Oxfam chargée des politiques déchiffrer ce qui se passait et discuter avec eux le lendemain matin.

Blog: Negociaciones de la ONU sobre el cambio climático: el veredicto

Las negociaciones de la ONU sobre el cambio climático celebradas en Poznań se prolongaron hasta altas horas de la noche de ayer. Yo me fui alrededor de la medianoche, porque francamente no entendía ni una palabra de lo que se estaba diciendo.

Blog: UN Climate Talks: the verdict

The UN Climate Talks in Poznan went on late into the night last night. I left at about midnight, because frankly I could not understand a word of the proceedings. Every second word was an unfamiliar acronym, an obscure technical term, or a document reference number, so I left the Oxfam policy team to decipher what was happening and met up with them again in the morning.

Delay kills

Blog: Delay kills

So I'm sitting down to write today's blog, with my socks on the radiator and my free UN mittens on my icy feet, when I get the call. "Al Gore's giving a speech at 1.15!".  I had been about to describe in great detail the new Oxfam ice sculpture that was carved this morning at the entrance to the UN Climate Talks here in Poznan - in two massive blocks of ice - the cold, hard truth - "Delay Kills".

Blog: Stamping out the myth behind carbon footprints

Rich countries have a habit of pointing out how emissions from emerging economies such as China and India are increasing rapidly. This is true - but we need to have a closer look at the facts...

Emission levels per head in China and India are far below those in developed countries. In fact, if every country had the same per capita emissions as China, we would be able to cut gobal emissions by 30% below 1990 levels. So which country's people have had the biggest average carbon footprints between 1990 and 2004? Drag the flags onto the feet in the diagram below to find out...

Blog: Acabando con el mito de las huellas de carbono

Los países ricos tienen la costumbre de culpar de los altos niveles de emisiones de carbono a economías emergentes como son India y China (entre otros países). Esto es cierto - pero tendríamos que echar un vistazo a los datos...

Blog: Our climate talks 'cheat sheet'

Despite being responsible for a tiny fraction of historic carbon emissions, it is poor countries that are feeling the effects of climate change. Countries like Peru, where the glaciers communities depend on for agriculture, industry and electricity are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Blog: Global artists and leaders join Oxfam’s call for climate action

As ministers and leaders arrived yesterday in Poznan (Poland) for the last sprint of the UN Climate change conference in Poznan, 19 famous names called on wealthy nations to take the lead on climate change by making massive cuts in pollution.

International Human Rights Day

Blog: International Human Rights Day

Let's bury the idea that discussions on Climate Change are the preserve of scientists. Sure enough, debates on the issue are dominated by projections as to the speed of global warming, the levels of greenhouse gas emissions and so on, but at the heart of these discussions are people.

The Icemen Cometh

Blog: The Icemen Cometh

“Just tell the truth and write how you feel.” – good advice to the first-time, and quite tentative, blogger – and advice I will heed.  

The truth is, I feel colder than I have ever felt in my life.

I have just stood outside in sub-zero temperatures for five hours getting Oxfam’s message out to the hordes heading for the UN Climate Talks (without gloves, for more efficient leafleting) and I cannot feel my fingers. Typing this is proving to be v.e.r.y. s.l.o.w.


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