October Bonn Climate Talks Update #4

Finally, a bit of drama for the Twittersphere - but what's the real injustice?


  1. "I love the smell of coal in the morning" said no one, ever. Napalm, maybe, but coal is a deadly source of energy both in the long and short terms. In spite of this, Japan keeps pouring money into it. A protest inside the ADP negotiations this morning demanded an end to such madness.
  2. It's part of a larger effort to #stopfundingfossilfuels and to #reclaimpower from one of the richest, most corrupt industries in human history.
  3. But that's not something which would ever be discussed inside the climate talks...
  4. These things only take 5 minutes to read, but if you're still too lazy to bother, here's the gist of it: in the spin off groups, the Long Term Goal was discussed but there was no agreement. Developed countries tried to add "climate forcers" which didn't go down well. They now have 2 options - 1 of which has a quantifiable target and 1 of which is merely aspirational and with no timetable. In the spin-off on Loss and Damage, Canada put forward a "no option" option. Switzerland merely bracketed the G77 option. In the technology group, developed countries kept things conceptual and wasted time adding more language. In transparency discussions, a fight rages on about differentiation -- if the same requirements will be applied to all Parties.
  5. In discussions about finance things are starting to heat up faster than global average temperatures. The US keeps insisting that the world has changed - a line often parroted by civil society groups. We can question the truth and/or applicability of that assertion in a moment, for now let's engage on that logic: even if things having changed somehow justified the US in not delivering climate finance, the fact remains that they never delivered that finance back before "the world changed." So they owe that. Oh and by the way the interest on climate debt is pegged to the extortionate IMF rates. Cough up, Uncle Sam. Oh an Switzerland too -- who blocked a target for finance in the agreement because the world might change again.
  6. Meanwhile an OECD climate finance report was about as well received as the latest series of Homeland. The report claimed that developed countries are already mobilising $62 billion of the $100 billion per year 2020 target.
  7. However developing countries and civil society immediately called greenwash.
  8. Basically the rich countries are looking at their aid portfolios and saying "ahhhh, those rusty bikes we shipped off to Haiti after the earthquake, yeah, that totally counts as climate finance."
  9. During the day, the G77 convened a number of public events, including a press conference and a briefing with civil society. South Africa, chairing the group, addressed many of the points being brought up behind closed doors...
  10. As well as how the negotiations are being reported in general