Sparks already flying at United Nation's climate talks

Tue, 2007-11-13 12:05Emily Murgatroyd
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Sparks already flying at United Nation's climate talks

Didn't take long for word to get out that the UN climate change talks underway in Valencia, Spain are already bogging down.

The French Press Agency is reporting that, “… there had been by sharp exchanges over what the document should include and whether it should reflect findings published after a cut-off date for new material.”

The Australian Age is reporting that the report “… has been watered down as a result of influence from government officials from countries opposed to taking radical action.”

We have a copy of the pre-negotiation report and will be comparing it to the final publicly released document to be issued this Saturday, November 17.

Stay tuned.

Comments

The IPCC cut-off deadline for new information on climate change for their reports seems rather foolish…no, very foolish.
AGW doesn’t seem to obeying any sort of “deadline”!?
Is there a valid reason for this or is there a restriction placed on them by politics?

Perhaps they are concerned that without a firm deadline release of the reports (and any positive action that might result) would be delayed while material trickled in over time. Or that contributors would be less committed to meeting the deadline. It can be problematic. And material that misses the deadline can always be released independently in journals as “addenda”.

I guess that even if some information missed the boat, at least the boat left the dock.

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This is a guest post by Zach Roberts.

As a documentary producer, I watch more than my fair share of environmental protest documentaries — probably about 20 a year. And almost all of them have the same, vague message: we need to do something!

Their scenes re-play like a bad video montage in my mind: earnest young people speaking at podiums, boring climatologists rambling on about the coming end of the world, forest fires, melting ice shelves, you know how it goes. In the lefty journalism world, we call this “preaching to the choir.”

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