Against expectations, the Cancun climate change conference came up with a deal. Not a full, comprehensive deal. Not a legally binding treaty. Not a perfect deal. But a compromise that represents real progress compared with the entrenched positions that negotiators have held for more than a decade. Read more
In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Yvo de Boer, the man who led the UN into the Copenhagen climate talks and is now an advisor to KPMG, answers your questions. Read more
Many thanks for all your questions for Ditlev Engel, the CEO of Vestas. His answers will appear on this site on Friday.
Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Yvo de Boer, the man who tried, and failed, to lead the UN to a climate change agreement in Copenhagen. He is now an advisor to KPMG, and on the final day of the Cancun summit, he will be on hand to talk about all things climate change.
Compromise, compromise, compromise – that is the watchword for the climate talks now going on in Cancun, according to the United Nations’ top climate change official, Christiana Figueres. Read more
So what is happening at Cancun?
Environment ministers and government officials from around the world are gathering in Mexico to talk about climate change, and how to tackle the problem of increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
As ministers, negotiators, NGOs and reporters prepare to jet off to Cancun for the annual UN climate talks, we asked four prominent delegates, including our environment correspondent, Fiona Harvey, what they wanted to see from the next two weeks of talks. Read more
When it comes to “openness”, publishing data and methodologies and diverting more resources into supporting FOI requests are relatively straightforward. By contrast, a fear that an off-the-cuff comment from a scientist will be misrepresented in the media is understandably the stuff of nightmares for the IPCC secretariat these days. Read more
The final review of the UEA’s climate scientists has given them a thumbs-up on their actual science, although they were criticised for secrecy about their methodology. But will it really ‘should stop in their tracks those who have made up their minds’ that it’s just a whitewash? Read more
As we reported earlier, a claim that the IPCC was wrong on the effects of rainfall on the Amazon has been retracted.
What happened was, in brief, this: in its landmark 2007 report on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that an estimated 40 per cent of the Amazon forest could be at risk from the sorts of reductions in rainfall expected from climate change. Read more
After listening to President Obama come up with no detailed plan Tuesday night, it seems he has missed his opportunity. Read more