Rio+20


Rio+20: Stopping Short of the Summit

, former policy analyst, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative

Today is the final day of the Rio+20 summit. The conference officially opened Wednesday afternoon with an opening plenary featuring speeches from the more the 119 heads of state in attendance and major groups including an unequivocal speech by the director of the Climate Action Network International, Wael Hmaidan. Comments like Wael’s were later followed up on Thursday with protests within RioCentro and a massive march in central Rio. Read more >

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Rio+20: Where’s the Science?

, former policy analyst, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative

Yesterday was the official opening of the Rio+20 summit, with heads of state and government ministers descending on RioCentro for the opening ceremony. For all intents and purposes though, the negotiations are over and all that is left is for the politicians to makes statements about the final text. Given that we now have what will presumably be the final text, I decided to take a look and figure out the state of science in the text. Read more >

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The Top Ten International Negotiation Terms for [In]action

, former policy analyst, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative

My 7th grade English teacher had a stuffed mouse and a small plastic box she used to teach us prepositional phrases. The mouse’s name was Preppy the Prepositional Mouse and everything he could do with the box was a preposition; he could be on the box, in the box, near the box, etc.  When I read through what will most likely be the final version of the Rio text, I am reminded of Preppy. Read more >

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Rio+20: What Does It Mean for Climate Change and Renewable Energy?

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Twenty years ago, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was one of the major outcomes of the original Rio Earth Summit. It has since been ratified by 195 countries, including the United States. Now world leaders gather once again in Rio de Janeiro at the Rio+20 Summit. The fundamental issue hasn’t changed. The solutions remain clear as ever. And they are even more urgently needed. Read more >

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The Storm Before the Storm: A Day of Rest (?) at Rio+20

, former policy analyst, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative

Today is a bit of a rest day at RioCentro. Late last night/early this morning, the Brazilians closed their negotiating session by presenting a consensus text which was approved by all of the countries, although there still is a lot of concern about the content. Read more >

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