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The Daily Tck: 29 Nov 2011 Negotiators often start by restating their known positions – this meeting is no different. Hence the early dynamics are often shaped by the conversations in the hallways, media briefings and political decisions and reports from capitals. With the 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and prospects for a global deal hanging in the balance, the EU has adopted rather ‘gloomy’ messaging lately. In reality the technical issues with which the EU is grappling are a side
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  The Daily Tck: 29 Nov 2011 Negotiators often start by restating their known positions – this meeting is no different. Hence the early dynamics areoften shaped by the conversations in the hallways, media briefings and political decisions and reports from capitals.With the 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and prospects for a global deal hanging in the balance, the EUhas adopted rather ‘gloomy’ messaging lately. In reality the technical issues with which the EU is grappling are asideshow – all that is needed is the political will. The EU simply needs to resolve to work boldly in Durban for a 2ndfive year commitment period of the KP or risk a self-fulfilling prophecy. This “Eeyore” attitude shows the EU in a poorlight, the people of the EU and of Africa deserve and expect better.US negotiator Jonathan Pershing made some staggering assertions yesterday saying that he did not expect developedcountries to increase ambition until after 2020 and that there were many other pathways to avoid 2 degrees warmingafter 2020. We know the Danish Presidency will be working hard next year to push EU to cutting emissions by 30%(below 1990 levels) by 2020 after recently adopting their own new ambitious target of a 40% cut.The US (with the help of Saudi Arabia) opened a can of worms by blocking the report of the Transitional Committee of the Green Climate Fund. We need to see what the US will do tomorrow when the report is presented. Yesterday the USand Saudi Arabia were joined by another ‘Friend of the Climate’ – Canada who supported the US concerns. With‘friends’ like this! …. well you know the rest.It appears that Japan, although still not supporting a 2nd commitment period for Kyoto, is not backing down from itscommitment to reduce emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020. This is significant news although much work isneeded to ensure Japan’s new basic energy plan reflects this commitment. Message of the Day The EU is confusing the talks and media here with mixed messaging. They need to step up their game and make itssupport for Kyoto clear and bold it is, afterall, in their own economic and political interest.US negotiator Pershing tried to fool everyone by saying that we don’t have to increase the emission reduction targetsbefore 2020 and still meet the 2 degree limit. He, a scientist, clearly hasn’t read the science or economy because after2020 the path will be neither easy nor cheap. What is Happening? Lots of exciting events taking place at the People’s Space today. Download the latest programme of events for thePeople’s Space here. Yesterday morning at 11.00 am and each day from now on at 13:00 there will be aGeneral Assembly outside the conference centre at Speakers corner. If you are in Durban, take some time out of the conference bubble to hear fromthose not inside the meeting.Canada and the UK were well-deserved winners of theFossil of the Dayawards yesterday: first place to Canada fortheir undenied rumour that they will pull out of the Kyoto Protocol; 2 nd place to the UK for supporting Canada’s tarsands, the dirtiest fossil fuel on earth; Canada also got a 3 rd place for playinghard ball here in Durban. Great work bythe Australian Youth Climate Coalition in organizing!  Oxfam had an opening event yesterday,highlighting climate vulnerability and this morning brought the attention of the negotiators to the need for a bunker fuel tax to help fill the climate fund. 350.org are confronting climate change with thepower of radiousing a song and voices to take the climate movementto the airwaves. African musicians have created a song called “People Power” that tells how climate change isimpacting Africa and call s for action. From theAdopt a NegotiatorTrackers: ã Alex Lenferna from South Africa has COP17’s Youthful Hope in aClimateof Stale Poltics; ã Farrukh from Pakistan has a first post on theExpress Tribune. Alex fromthe US has an oped onCBS, and two trackers (Alex Lenferna and AndreaArzaba, Mexico)have been interviewed on SABC tv for national broadcasttoday. ã Meet the core teamof trackersin Durban andfollow AaN on twitter Plans are emerging for Saturday’s Day of Action with people gathering in cities all over the world to march forclimate justice and to support those most affected by climate change.In Londonthey will demand urgent solutions toclimate change. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. The WMO has just launched this preliminary statement about the world climate in 2011that shows the findings on 2011 were consistent with climate models. WMO’s Deputy General Secretary Gerry Lengoasa said that hischildren have a future due to humans’ ability to overcome adversity. But their lives would be different than his - theywould live in a warmer world, with extreme events. What can you do today?  There are plenty of ways to share resources, ideas and amplify each others’efforts. Here are a few: ã Tweet a call for the EU to publicly support the Kyoto Protocol:   EUNegotiators at #COP17 need to make their support for Kyotobold and clear: Our #climate future depends on it! ã Are you in Durban for COP17? Attend the Daily Tck meeting at10:15am tomorrow in Bhira River . ã If you’re tweeting about COP17, we want you on our officialTwitter list! Please send a message to @tcktcktck on Twitter or anemail toheather.libby@tcktcktck.orgto be added. Resources & Tools ã Visit the freshly-redesignedTckTckTck.org & our COP17 Hub foran up-to-date calendar, fresh news & stories and media resources – allavailable for reposting and sharing throughCreative Commons. ã OneClimate has a goodupdatefrom yesterday, Alex Stark on theUS positionand an interview withPablo SolonandStephen Murphyfrom Durban also talking about Occupy Movement. ã Watch the UN talks live with OneClimate TV: Starting tomorrow,OneClimate will be broadcasting live from the Durban climate talks from3pm – 6pm daily local time.Follow their livestream,embed the code, or, for those who prefer their live content in text form,follow the live blog.
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