Today’s main takeaway from the COP21 is what is happening behind the scenes: stakes are very high for France and French negotiators furiously work the back rooms to secure a climate deal. Some came out in the open: A coalition of more than 100 countries, formed in secrecy six months ago, emerged to push for a legally binding global and ambitious deal on climate change. Two problems remain, however. One is the rich-poor nation divide that looms over U.N. climate debate, and the other might be the fact that the COP21 is too male dominated and has male priorities, as Mary Robinson, the former UN human rights chief and Ireland’s first female president, said.
Quote of the day
“This is a very male world [at the conference]. When it is a male world, you have male priorities.”
Mary Robinson, the former UN human rights chief and Ireland’s first female president, in the Guardian’s story COP21 is too male dominated and has male priorities, says UN special envoy
Climate coalition breaks cover in Paris to push for binding and ambitious deal
By Karl Mathiesen and Fiona Harvey – The Guardian
A coalition of more than 100 countries, formed in secrecy six months ago, has emerged at key UN talks in Paris to push for a legally binding global and ambitious deal on climate change.
***LB: Also in this story “The “high ambition coalition” makes up the majority the 195 countries at the crunch conference and consists of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the US and all of EU member states. But notable exceptions include major developing countries such as China and India.”
COP21 is too male dominated and has male priorities, says UN special envoy
By Fiona Harvey – The Guardian
The climate change talks going on in Paris are too dominated by men, to the detriment of effective action on saving people from the ravages of global warming, the UN’s special envoy on climate change has said.
Doubts about the rich-poor nation divide loom over U.N. climate debate
By Valerie Volcovici – Reuters
Among the stumbling blocks for a global climate deal in Paris is a decades-old U.N. view that divides the world into two camps — wealthy countries that bear the financial responsibility for climate change and developing nations that do not.
French negotiators furiously work the back rooms to secure a climate deal
By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian
French diplomacy is fighting 23 years of entrenched positions in international climate talks as backroom negotiations continue with the aim of pushing through a draft agreement by Wednesday.
Euronext joins the U.N. Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative
Euronext, the primary exchange in the Euro zone, today announced that it has joined the United Nations’ Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.
With a 1.5 Degrees Celsius Target, the Climate-Justice Movement Is Poised to Score a Surprise Win
By Mark Hertsgaard – The Nation
Here at the Paris climate summit, the big news is that the final agreement governments hope to sign by week’s end may urge limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
China accused of blocking progress at Paris climate talks
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times
As Beijing declared its first “red alert” for heavy smog this week, closing schools and curbing car use, Chinese negotiators at UN talks in Paris are being accused of trying to weaken the new global climate accord due to be finalised by Friday.
U.S. Republicans Pushed by CEOs in Paris to Shift Climate Stance
By Matthew Campbell – Bloomberg News
As the leaders of 195 countries gather in Paris to hammer out a global climate deal, much of the attention is on the U.S. — where business leaders and scientists say they’re trying to persuade Republicans to accept emissions curbs.
Possible Winners of the COP21 Summit
Anders Runevad, chief executive officer at Vestas Wind Systems, discusses the outlook for wind power in different regions and possible impact from COP21.
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Shenzhen’s New Path to Sustainability Is Crowded With Obstacles
By Keith Schneider – Circle of Blue
Four numbers describe this colossal city’s unrestrained development.
***LB: Also in this story “In 1980, the year Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping established Shenzhen as China’s first special economic zone, opening its mercantile sectors to market capitalism and free trade principles, an attractive, tree-shaded commercial district known as Dongmen was home to 30,000 residents near the center of a metropolitan region of 300,000.”
Natural gas / coal
Climate Change and Coal Mining in India
By James Estrin – The New York Times
Within hours of his arrival in Jharia, a remote corner of India’s Jharkhand State, Souvid Datta’s eyes teared up and his lungs burned.
Toshiba Forms Tie-Up With Tanzania Geothermal Development
By Chisaki Watanabe – Bloomberg News
Toshiba Corp. will work with Tanzania Geothermal Development Co. to promote geothermal power generation and human resources development in the African nation.
European utilities want carbon price as main climate change tool
By Beert de Clercq – Reuters
French power generator Engie and a group of European utilities called on Tuesday for carbon pricing rather than targets for increasing renewable energy use to be the main tool for fighting climate change.
Energy storage is no longer just hot air
By Nick Butler – Financial Times
Of the technical advances transforming the energy business, none is potentially more important than storage.
Southern Africa Kariba Dam Water Level Drops to 17% of Capacity
By Matthew Hill – Bloomberg News
Levels at the Kariba hydropower dam that borders Zimbabwe and Zambia fell to 17 percent of capacity from 53 percent a year ago, partly on decreased water inflows from the Zambezi river amid below average rainfall.