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Video: 1.5 Minute Climate Talk Crash Course


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The Doha Climate Talks are now in session. It’s the first time the negotiations are being held in the oil-productive Middle East. Yes, the meeting’s trying to be more enviro-savvy with it’s “paper-smart,” initiative by limiting the usually endless stacks of printed documents. And yes, participants are already eager to hear an update on the progress to create a follow up agreement to the expiring Kyoto Protocol. All in good time.

Yet, if you’re still trying to wrap your head around where things stand with these entrenched negotiations, watch this amusing video provided by CICERO, the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, a research center based in Oslo. Enjoy.

Robynne Boyd About the Author: Robynne Boyd began writing about people and the planet when living barefoot and by campfire on the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Over a decade later and now fully dependent on electricity, she continues this work as an editor for IISD Reporting Services. When not in search of misplaced commas and terser prose, Robynne writes about environment and energy. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. M Tucker 4:28 pm 11/27/2012

    That was an amusing video but the amusement is not limited to coming from those on the outside of the negotiations, the jokes are flying inside the meeting as well. I’m sure everyone got a great chuckle when they heard this today:

    “Jonathan Pershing, a senior negotiator for the US, said: “Those who don’t know what the US is doing may not be informed of the scale and extent of the effort, but it’s enormous.”

    Man, I wish I could have seen the faces of the other delegates. They must have been rolling in the aisles!

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  2. 2. jerryd 5:29 pm 11/30/2012

    The US is cutting CO2 faster than anyone else I know of. Why is the facts are cutting fossil fuels cut costs from actually paying the higher prices to the socialized costs of polution, for the US protecting international oil companies for free and the oil spike recessions.

    Not to mention oil wars.

    Deleloping nations need wind, solar, tidal, river without dams, waste biomass,poor land biomass like hemp, shorgum, etc as they make jobs and keep their money at home instead of enriching oil dictators and making themselves more poor by not getting off the fossil fuel price rise.

    Ever poor country is poor because of politics stopping solutions to benefit the few at the expense of many.

    Great vid BTW and accurate.

    I use RE and shortly will make my own as I move to a better RE site because I’ll pay $3k up front and get almost free power for 20-50 yrs!!

    I also drive my medium tech lightweight EV’s at 25% of the cost of a similar oil fueled car. The solutions are already here and most have been for 50-80 yrs!!

    Or they can be slaves to big oil, coal, corporations and the rich. No thanks I can make my own clean power for far less as can anyone who bothers to think, learn and do.

    There really is no choice as at the increasing rate we are using fossil fuels in 25 yrs they will be too expensive to burn for any reason plus they will be undercut by RE. The smart ones will get onboard now and save the money, time and wars.

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