Por el Laboratorio de Clima y Desarrollo
Un nuevo informe del CDL en colaboración con CAN-LA explora la relación entre las políticas energéticas y los esfuerzos para reducir emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) en cinco países.
By Guy Edwards and Timmons Roberts
The United Nations climate change negotiations live to fight another day, and Latin American countries have played important roles in their advance. The results of the Lima climate conference, or “COP20,” last December are generally considered a success—albeit a very limited one.
The host nation Peru pulled one out of the bag at the talks—while a serious breakdown seemed imminent as time ran out, a last minute agreement was produced two days after the conference was scheduled to finish.
By Cassidy Bennett
Inclusion of farmers and farming issues at the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru last month was sadly lacking. Farming is both a major generator of greenhouse gases and potential sink for them, and an extremely important area in combating climate change. It is also a food and income source for the world, and farmers must be a larger presence in the negotiations on climate change.
By Timmons Roberts
The ending of climate negotiations last week in Lima was remarkably positive, given that as late as the morning before many challenges still seemed almost insurmountable. The final draft agreement may not be strong, but it does point the way towards a deal that will be decided this time next year in Paris. This glass is half full, because it has to be.
By the Climate and Development Lab
A new report by the CDL in collaboration with the Climate Action Network – Latinoamérica (CAN-LA) explores the relationship between energy policies and greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts in five Latin American countries.
By Zihao Jiang
As countries finally reached an agreement in the early hours of Sunday morning two days after the Lima climate conference was meant to finish, the debate between renewable energy and fossil fuels rages on.
By Jeff Baum
Debates about renewable energy rarely focus on geothermal energy, despite its impressive potential. However, this may be changing: on December 8, the Geothermal Development Facility (GDF) was launched during the UN climate change talks in Lima, Peru, mobilizing $1 billion towards geothermal development across Latin America.
By Guy Edwards and Sophie Purdom
The U.N. climate negotiations in Lima ran over by two days before governments finally reached an agreement. All countries, including those from Latin America and China, are invited to put forward their ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ by March 2015 as part of what was agreed in Lima.
Yet current relations between Latin America and China - which are primarily focused on carbon-intensive sectors such as mining and fossil fuels - could undermine Latin American countries’ efforts to put forward ambitious national contributions.
By Maria Camila Bustos
After the first week of COP20, the challenges of engaging the public in climate governance have become more and more noticeable. While the climate talks act as a platform for the world to decide on issues of critical importance, public participation in the actual decision making remains limited.
Outsiders to the COP will often talk about the process as solely an environmental one, ignoring that in reality countries are negotiating the base of their economy. Poor media coverage and the inherent nature of the climate negotiations facilitate the public’s lack of engagement and understanding of why these talks matter, even if citizens are the ones who will be ultimately affected by the decisions made.
By Maria Camila Bustos
Initiatives for citizens by citizens have the potential to transform cities for the good. We witness this trend around the world and especially in Latin America - the most urbanized region in the world. This is the time to scale-up these initiatives and build linkages with the negotiations on climate change. This reflection comes in the aftermath of the United Nations negotiations on climate change which concluded in Lima on the 14th of December after two weeks of intense discussions. In 2015 we need to promote a stronger connection between the negotiations and the people, especially through urban and transport initiatives.