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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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Tiny Tuvalu Makes Waves at COP15

The tiny island nation of Tuvalu, so vulnerable to the threats of climate change, has flexed some new-found muscles here in Copenhagen, and is...

The tiny island nation of Tuvalu, so vulnerable to the threats of climate change, has flexed some new-found muscles here in Copenhagen, and is turning the talks upside down. On Wednesday, after much back and forth and no consensus found on a proposal to set the course for a legally-binding outcome in Copenhagen, the Tuvalu's lead delegate Ian Fry announced that they could not accept the decision, that the stakes were too high for Tuvalu and other vulnerable nations, and asked that the talks be suspended. The air was sucked out of the room.You can read all the wonky details in my post on OnEarth, or you can get the quick skinny from David Ngatae, chairperson of the Cook Islands Climate Action Network: You can follow along blow-by-blow on my Adopt-a-negotiator feed.

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