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Cancun Climate Talks: An Insider's Account So What Happened at the Cancun Climate Talks Anyway? An Insider's Account

Get a look at the inner workings of U.N. climate negotiations from somewhat who sat through all the boring meetings, and the frantic final ones too.

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The Inside Scoop on Cancun with Alex Stark, U.S. Negotiations Tracker

A view inside the Cancun climate talks from America's "negotiations tracker."

A view inside the Cancun climate talks from America's "negotiations tracker."

As you're probably aware, the current round of international climate talks is now underway in Cancun. Following the flop in Copenhagen last year, and plenty of tension in the "intersessional" U.N. meetings leading up to COP16, expectations for a productive outcome have been pretty low. While there's some good reporting coming out of Cancun, I find the perspective from the Adopt A Negotiator team to be particularly useful.

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Can One Young Voice Get the Future of Climate Policy Back on Track?

A young American challenges the UN climate assembly, and shows the world that there is a concerned climate constituency here in the U.S.



Between the big flop in Copenhagen last December and the next round of U.N. climate talks in Cancun, there are a bunch of "intersessional" meetings of the UNFCCC (the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), like the ones going on right now in Tianjin, China. These intersessionals are intended to move the ball down the field and, ideally, get the actual text that's being negotiated into some kind of manageable shape to be dealt with in the two crazy weeks at the end of the year. In reality, they usually wind up involving lots of posturing and arguing over procedure. (Last year, the negotiating text actually got longer during the October meetings in Barcelona, the last before the COP15 in Copenhagen.)

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