Archive for June, 2011

Glacial Progress at June Climate Talks in Bonn: Public Frozen Out

June 29, 2011 1 comment

By the CIEL Climate Team

Despite growing evidence that the effects of climate change are occurring earlier and more dramatically than foreseen just a few years ago, the UNFCCC negotiations continue to demonstrate how difficult it is to reach agreement on a broad-based binding framework for collective international action on climate change.  The two weeks of negotiations (June 6-17) in Bonn got off to a rocky start with agenda disputes holding up progress for several days.  Read more…


2011 Senate TSCA bill would enable U.S. leadership on global POPs treaty

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Parties (green) and Non-Parties (yellow) to the Stockholm Convention (Russia is a Party, as of June 27, 2011)

Proposed federal legislation to revamp the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could pave the way for the United States to join three important international treaties, according to a new CIEL publication.   “U.S. Law and the Stockholm POPs Convention:  Analysis of treaty-implementing provisions in pending legislation,” reviews the Safe Chemicals Act (S. 847), a bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg in April of 2011 and its relation to international obligations under these international agreements. Read more…

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What’s hot in climate change

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

By the CIEL Climate Team

Climate negotiations resume in Bonn, Germany this week with a full agenda and against a backdrop of reports that last year’s global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were at record levels despite the global economic downturn.  While the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Cancun, Mexico last December failed to resolve a number of fundamental outstanding issues (such as the inadequacy of GHG reduction targets Parties have put forward and the ultimate legal form the negotiations will take), Parties will be busy this week and next elaborating a number of fundamental building blocks of the climate regime that were agreed in Cancun.  A quick overview of the issues CIEL is actively working on this week and next in Bonn follows. Read more…