Highlights from UNFCC 2011 SREX report

Here are some highlights of the forecasts for the future from the 2011 SREX report:

– A 1-in-20 year hottest day is at least 66% likely to become a 1-in-2 year event by the end of the 21st century in most regions, except in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, where it is likely to become a 1-in-5 year event. Continue reading

The Best from the Press Agencies

Please find below important news and articles from the press.

ASEAN stance on economic capitalism must be bold

“Cap and Trade Will Fail”: An Interview with Alegria de la Cruz of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment

Time Running Out to Curb Global Warming, Watchdog Warns



EUAs could crash to 3 euros next year, says UBS

By Michael Szabo and Jeff Coelho (published in  www.pointcarbon.com)

EU carbon prices could crash to as low as 3 euros as the 27-nation bloc struggles with a mounting debt crisis and the market remains oversupplied with permits until 2025, analysts at UBS said late on Thursday.

The Swiss investment bank also said the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) “isn’t working” because carbon prices are “already too low to have any significant environmental impact.” Continue reading

3-UBS analysts predict 70 pct collapse in EU CO2 prices

By Jeff Coelho

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – European Union carbon prices could shed some 70 percent from current levels, as the bloc struggles with a mounting debt crisis and a glut of supply in the carbon market is unlikely to disappear until 2025, analysts at UBS said.

The investment bank also said the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS), the 27-nation bloc’s main policy tool to fight global warming, “isn’t working” because carbon prices are “already too low to have any significant environmental impact.” Continue reading

Fossil Fuels Got Six Times More Aid Than Clean Energy, IEA Says

By Ben Sills

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Fossil-fuel consumers worldwide received about six times more state subsidies last year than were given to the renewable-energy industry, according to the chief adviser to oil-importing nations.

Aid to cut the price of gasoline, gas and coal rose by more than a third to $409 billion as global energy prices increased, compared with $66 billion of support for biofuels, wind power and solar energy, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said today in its World Energy Outlook. Continue reading

G-20 Emissions Outpace Economic Growth for First Time Since 2004

By Catherine Airlie

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) — Greenhouse-gas emissions per unit of production among the Group of 20 nations grew for the first time since 2004 last year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas blamed for climate change, from G-20 countries increased 5.8 percent in 2010, a faster rate than the 5.1 percent growth in the group’s gross domestic product, the London-based consultant said in an e-mailed report today. Continue reading

Greenhouse gases rise by record amount


The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has jumped by a record amount, according to the US department of energy, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.

The figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. Continue reading

Common statement on the Outcome of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

The following comment has been produced by members and affiliates of the Climate Justice Now! network. The network numbers more than 1000 organizations in the global north and south. It is a preliminary comment and has not been fully discussed by all members of the network yet.  Accordingly, not every recommendation in this comment has been explicitly endorsed by all network members or organizations, but only by those who have signed on below. However, these comments capture many of the ideas and the fundamental consensus, which have been formulated in previous meetings since the CJN! networks’ inception and first articulation of the Principles for Climate Justice in 2008. Continue reading

Tanzania:Rufiji Delta Project Still On

by Finnigan Wa Simbeye

Replacing community conservation of mangrove forests at Rufiji delta in favour of fortress conservation by the state to meet carbon trading needs will not work.

Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is a climate change mitigation initiative that seeks to integrate tropical forests into market-based carbon sequestration schemes to counter the effects of global climate change. Continue reading

Letter from the State of Acre : In defence of life and the integrity of the peoples and their territories against REDD and the commodification of nature

We gathered in Rio Branco, in the State of Acre, on 3-7 October 2011 for the workshop “Serviços Ambientais, REDD e Fundos Verdes do BNDES: Salvação da Amazônia ou Armadilha do Capitalismo Verde?” (Environmental Services, REDD and BNDES Green Funds: The Amazon’s Salvation or a Green Capitalism Trap?)

The participants included socio-environmental organizations, family agriculture associations, Extractive Reserve (RESEX) and Extractive Settlement organizations, human rights organizations (national and international), social pastoral organizations, professors, students, and members of civil society committed to the struggle of “the underdogs”. Continue reading