New market-based mechanism debated in “Various Approaches” text

Durban, 8 Dec (Payal Parekh and Trudi Zundel) – The establishment of a new market-based mechanism for mitigation actions continues to be discussed with differing views among Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Continue reading

The Stage is Set for Climate Talks Failure


The stage for the failure of climate talks has been set long before the 17th Conference of Parties (COP) in Durban, South Africa. The United States, the only industrialized country that refused sign the Kyoto Protocol, succeeded in making the 15th COP in Copenhagen, Denmark fail to issue a global climate deal that could address global warming and climate change. In the Copenhagen Accord and Cancun Agreement, the total carbon emissions cut pledged by capitalist countries are much lower than the pledge made by developing countries. Continue reading

African Anger at European Calls for A ‘New Mandate’, Civil society groups attack ‘Durban Mandate’ proposal as a ‘great escape’

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – Today – Civil society leaders from across Africa, with support from global movements, launched a letter to climate negotiators that warns that focusing on launching a new mandate at the Durban talks risks backtracking  on promises to the poor and the planet. Continue reading

New film and report show failures of carbon markets and foresee their collapse

As COP17 draws to a close the only game in town are the market-based mechanisms that are false solutions to climate change. The same institutions, corporations and governments who have led the world into economic chaos are leading us toward climate chaos. Continue reading

World Bank & developed country plans for Agriculture carbon markets a threat to Africa – Lessons from Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement

At the UN Climate Change negotiations in Durban this week, the World Bank and developed countries are claiming that agriculture carbon offsets will bring money for African agriculture.  Continue reading

Pressure mounts for COP President to exclude coal power projects from UN offsetting scheme

Durban, South Africa, 6 December. As countries are negotiating the global climate crisis, an open letter sent by a broad coalition of green groups including Greenpeace, WWF and Friends of the Earth to the COP Presidency today calls for an exclusion of coal power projects from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Groups claim such projects undermine the integrity of the CDM and the already weak climate targets. Continue reading

A dirty deal coming down in Durban

By Patrick Bond, The Mercury, Eye on Society column

What, now, are the prospects for a climate deal by Friday?

The biggest problem is obvious: COP17 saboteurs from the US State Department joined by Canada, Russia and Japan, want to bury the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol treaty. Instead of relaxing intellectual property rules on climate technology and providing a fair flow of finance, Washington offers only a non-binding ‘pledge and review’ system. Continue reading

Durban: Stocktaking of CDM and Carbon Markets

by Payal Parekh

The first week of the negotiations in Durban at the UN Climate talks are over, so it is a good time to take stock of new developments in the negotiations as they relate to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and new market mechanisms. It’s been a busy week, since issues related to the CDM are discussed under the Kyoto Protocol negotiating track, as well as two technical wings, Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). New market mechanisms are discussed under the Long-term Cooperative Action (LCA) track. Continue reading

Civils snub Zuma’s African agri solution

Photo from SABC

by By Thobile Hans. Published in SABC.

South African President Jacob Zuma’s declaration on “climate smart and carbon markets” as a climate change solution for African agriculture has raised suspicions among roughly 100 civil society organisations at the COP17 conference in Durban. Continue reading

Climate Smart Agriculture and carbon markets will be a disaster for Africa: Groups warn against Zuma’s agriculture prize at COP17

South African president Jacob Zuma has declared his intention to have a decision on Agriculture at the UN COP17 climate negotiations in Durban; while the World Bank is promoting so-called “Climate Smart Agriculture” and carbon offsets as the future of African agriculture and climate solutions.  Continue reading