November 21, 2006 E-Newsletter

In This Issue:

Pew Center Report on COP 12 and COP/MOP 2

Climate negotiators from around the world gathered November 6-17, 2006, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Negotiators continued two processes launched last year in Montreal to consider next steps in the international climate effort, and agreed in the final hours to open another track to review the Kyoto Protocol. In two weeks of talks, parties also agreed on modest steps on adaptation, debated approaches to reducing deforestation and accelerating technology transfer, and heard proposals from South Africa and Brazil on ways to promote stronger action by developing countries.

A summary of the Nairobi conference prepared by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change is now available.

At the invitation of the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Pew Center presented the report of its Climate Dialogue at Pocantico at the Convention's Dialogue on Long-Term Cooperative Action in Nairobi. The Pocantico dialogue brought together senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries to explore options for advancing the international climate effort post-2012. The report is now available in Spanish, French and Chinese.

Download the report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico.

New Adaptation Report Released in Nairobi

A new Pew Center report, "Adaptation to Climate Change: International Policy Options," was released in Nairobi. The report -- by Ian Burton of the University of Toronto, Elliot Diringer of the Pew Center, and Joel Smith of Stratus Consulting Inc. -- examines options for future international efforts to help vulnerable countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. Options outlined in the report include stronger funding and action under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, mandatory climate risk assessments for multilateral development finance, and donor country support for climate "insurance" in vulnerable countries.

Read the report.

Building Solutions to Climate Change

The Pew Center recently released a policy In-Brief describing how the built environment can make an important contribution to climate change mitigation while providing more livable spaces. It concludes that with current technologies and the expansion of a few key policies, significant reductions in greenhouse gases can be realized in the near term. Furthermore, combining technology research and development with clear and sustained climate and energy policies would drive more dramatic reductions over time.

Read the In-Brief, "Building Solutions to Climate Change".

Coming Up...

December 2006
The Pew Center's Annual Year-In-Review E-Alert

January 17-18, 2007
Washington, D.C.
Workshop and Conference with Point Carbon:
"North America and The Carbon Markets"

This unique event is designed to facilitate learning about the developing international and domestic carbon market.