Something that has caught my attention as I was interviewing one of  Gambia’s delegates Momodou Njie, is that most of us have been focusing solely on common but differentiated responsibilities and what it means, when its actually, as quoted by Nije from the preamble of the UNFCCC, “Acknowledging that the global nature of climate change […]

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Bettina Cerban on December 8th, 2009

A little over an hour ago I interviewed Dr. Sumaya ZakiEldeen, a member of Sudan’s delegation and a professor at Khartoum University, along with Phil Rothrock and Doni Hoffman. While discussing Sudan’s position and her current work in capacity building, she called attention to the disparities in the resources and time allocated to climate change […]

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Pick one or the other: Climate Change or  Natural Gas Drilling. When, Neil Leary, Elizabeth Martin Perera and I met with James Warner, a legislative assistant to Arlen Specter, to discuss climate change, this was the answer. It’s not that the senate is against global climate change action; it’s that they represent such a diversity […]

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Brandon McCall on November 24th, 2009

One common consensus reached by all parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is that global warming is happening and needs to be addressed.  However, with this is the dilemma of how to set standards that are common yet differentiated.  For instance, should nations like China that currently out-produce the United States […]

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Maria Mei on November 18th, 2009

The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities was interpreted as Annex II countries did not have any binding and quantified GHG reduction goals, but instead, the whole burden fell onto Annex I countries. However, Annex I countries wanted binding reduction target for not only themselves, but also fast growing Annex II countries, which was the […]

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