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From November 11th to 22nd the 19th UN Climate Conference was held in Warsaw. Although expectations for outcome were not too high, the results are generally being seen as meagre.
The conference was set to set to close on Friday, but it took the delegates 24 hours more to reach a consensus. This compromise states that countries can make contributions toward addressing global warming. But, even though there were no concrete commitments on cutting greenhouse gasses, there were two successes to be pleased with.
One decision from Warsaw was that the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) will set up a new branch to deal with "loss and damage" from climate change. This the so-called Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage is to provide some sort of help to poorer countries for dealing with the impacts of climate change "including extreme events and slow onset events".
Another success at the conference was the completion of a new mechanism to protect the world's tropical forests. Called REDD+, for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, this mechanism has already be been in effect for most of the last decade.
Global CO₂emissions from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013 (by 2.1%), reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes! This results from a study by the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Most emissions are from coal (43%), then oil (33%), gas (18%), cement (5.3%) and gas flaring (0.6%).The study found that 8% of all CO₂ emissions come from deforestation and other land-use change.
The report was released as U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, enter their second week of negotiations in how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Prof Corinne Le Quéré of the Tyndall Centre led the Global Carbon Budget report. She said: "Governments meeting in Warsaw this week need to agree on how to reverse this trend. Emissions must fall substantially and rapidly if we are to limit global climate change to below two degrees. Additional emissions every year cause further warming and climate change."
Source: University of East Anglia
From November 11th to 22nd, the COP19 is being held in Warsaw, Poland. This United Nations Climate Change Conference means to assess the progress in dealing with climate change, as to pave the way for a 2015 deal to cut climate-altering greenhouse-gas emissions. Next to that, it also aims to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
The conference started with an emotional speech from the Philippines climate change commissioner, only three days after the typhoon Haiyan hit his country. Afterward his speech, Sano said: “It’s always hard to attribute a single weather event to climate change. But we know that the science is also clear, that climate change will mean more intense typhoons, potentially. And even if we cannot attribute Haiyan to climate change directly, my country refuses to accept a future where super-typhoons become a regular fixture.” “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness,” Mr Sano said. “The climate crisis is madness. We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here.”
Last week in London, the State of the Forest Carbon Markets Report was launched. Representing 162 projects in 58 countries, the report tracks forest carbon management over a land area larger than Ecuador.
Some of the report’s key findings
In 2012, a near-record of 28 million tonnes of forestry carbon offsets were purchased. This is an increase of 9% from 2011. These purchased offsets are valued at $216 million, and financed the management, conservation or expansion of 26.5 million hectares of forested area. You can read the full report here.
Our consultant Kars Riemer was present at the launch, as one of the experts on the panel. A quote by him was stated in this article by the authors of the report.
Face the Future is proud to sponsor this report.
Last week, we had a special visitor at Face the Future. Our colleague from Uganda, Fredric Kayanja Kizza, was visiting us in Amsterdam. Fredric has been working on our project in Kibale National Park since 1995. He was here not only to discuss the daily operations of the project, but also to map out activities for the time coming. We also visited one of our Dutch forestry projects, the Zeegbos (Arnhem). But, of course, there was also time to visit the city of Amsterdam and see some of the famous sights.