The Republic of Kiribati hosted a side event today that was both emotional as well as a call for immediate action. For all those who are not familiar with Kiribati  it is the  largest atoll nation in the world, comprising 33 distincnt islands including the world’s largest marine protected area (Phoenix Island). It is also […]

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Andrea Dominguez on December 8th, 2009

I spoke with Mr. Hirofumi Aizawa of the Japan delegation yesterday after the plenary meeting about Japan’s view on “common but differentiated responsibilities” and Japan’s commitment to mitigation targets and its financial commitment to aiding developing countries. Mr. Aizawa said that Japan’s financial commitment will be announced next week, before the end of the negotiations.

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Sarah Brylinsky on December 8th, 2009

Negotiations on development of carbon market mechanisms mirror the development of carbon and footprint-reduction planning in higher education. Development of a Climate Action Plan (CAP), an obligation for signatories of the ACUPCC President’s Climate Commitment, requires institutions to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to reach climate neutrality. Creating such a plan requires planning for and creating: a) an accurate calculation of baseline emissions, b) mechanisms for reducing and/or offsetting those emissions, and c) a feasibility plan including a time-line, project-priorities, and culture-change which ensure the longevity and success of the CAP. A major proposal for reducing global carbon emission is the creation of a market which would create financial and developmental incentives for both nations and private sectors to complete step “b” on an international level – what lessons can be exchanged between higher education and the negotiations forum?

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