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  • Finding the plot at COP15

    Barbara Kiser 11 December 2009

    Arriving at any big event in midflow is always disorienting: the play has begun and you’ve come in right after the interval.

  • Just the beginning

    Camilla Toulmin 12 December 2008

    Yvo de Boer, who runs the UNFCCC secretariat, laid out clearly where we are with agreement on the text in his inimitable laconic style: ‘We are near to the end of putting things in and near to the beginning of taking things out.’

  • Thank you for the days...

    Barbara Kiser 10 December 2008

    Amid the debates swirling round this conference with cyclonic intensity is one very big question: how can the world’s most vulnerable countries adapt to climate change with such a serious shortfall in targeted funding? Oxfam estimates the task as demanding US$50 billion a year — some US$49 billion more than what’s actually available.

  • The world-changing power of serendipity

    Barbara Kiser 7 December 2008

    Lobbying — the pre- and post-negotiation discussions where much of the real action at global conventions happens — is a key activity for NGOs at the talks.

  • Ideas matter but time is short

    Camilla Toulmin 7 December 2008

    Under a bright blue sky, we spent the day perched on lecture hall benches in Poznan’s University. A one-day immersion on everything you need to know and more about forests and climate change.

  • In the belly of the articulated beast

    Barbara Kiser 7 December 2008

    So far, the Poznan COP is panning out nicely for memory stick collectors.

  • First impressions

    Camilla Toulmin 5 December 2008

    Long before dawn broke over London, I took an early train out to the airport and flight to Poznań. Chill mist was still rising off the fields as we landed, and temperatures below freezing...

  • Knowing your team mates

    Beth Henriette 4 December 2008

    You wouldn’t expect a football team that had never practiced together to play particularly well, would you?

  • Exchanging experiences

    Vanessa 4 December 2008

    I love working on an exhibition stand at these kind of conferences. I get to meet such a culturally diverse set of people. All of whom have a variety of backgrounds and reasons for being here.

  • Welcome to Poznan

    Vanessa 2 December 2008

    if you can get here….. We have all looked forward to this year’s UNFCCC event and hopeful of productive outcomes especially our friends and colleagues from developing countries.

  • Fingers up for Climate Action

    Mike Shanahan 2 December 2008

    I saw two people arguing today about whether biofuels could help save humanity from itself in a carbon-constrained world. Of course, they were both right, both wrong but neither knew it.