Bonn climate summit updates

Wooden spoon for the Saudis

[Cross-Posted from John Vidal, The Guardian-UK  ]

The country which has done most to delay the talks and prevent a resolution in the last two weeks has been named by the NGOs here as Saudi Arabia. The kingdom frequently earns itself “fossil of the day” awards, but this time excelled itself by arguing that countries did not need to agree on activities for another 18 months and then blocking any moves by countries to let the public see what actually goes on in meetings. Tying in second place were Japan and Canada. The latter somehow neglected to include its tar sands in its national inventory emissions report and also refused to accept a legally binding target under a second phase of Kyoto. Japan, to everyone’s surprise after the Fukushima accident, argued that nuclear power should be allowed to earn carbon credits.

Young at heart

Whoops. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said clearly in its daily programme yesterday that youth groups (Youngos) and environment groups (Engos) were not open to the public or the press. But they were wrong, I am assured, and Friends of the Earth International, Via Campesina and many others insist that they welcome participation in their meetings. The youth groups were furious: “You can come on the condition you feel young at heart,” said one. After 14 days in Bonn, interminable hot air, and the snail pace of the negotiations, there can’t be many here feeling much beyond weariness and resignation.