Warning, Signs of Warming (COP-5, Act XI, Scene 1, Macbeth - The
warn the world about the consequences of cooking up a recipe for
global warming, the World Wide Fund for Nature summoned five Shakespearean
"witches" to COP-5. "It doesn't take magic to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions," according to WWF's Lars Georg Jensen. "There are easy
solutions to avoid the 'double, double, toil and trouble of global
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warned that proposals on LULUCF
being considered by some governments could allow industrialized
countries to increase rather than reduce their emissions of GHGs.
To warn the world about the consequences of global warming, WWF
summoned five Shakespearean "witches" to the UN conference bearing
the faces of US President Clinton, Russian President Yeltsin, Japanese
Prime Minister Obuchi, German Chancellor Schröder and UK Prime Minister
Blair. The witches threw models of cars and power stations into
a smoking cauldron representing the world, and while their destructive
recipe boiled, they chanted out the impacts of global warming: "Drought,
flood, storms. Death, disease, destruction." For more information,
Andrew Kerr, Public Affairs Manager, WWF Climate Change Campaign,
reads from Macbeth, repeating 'double, double, toil and trouble'
as the witches plot to begin mixing their deadly recipe.
and below: Clinton,
Yeltsin and Obuchi prepare to throw a power plant into the brew.
witches added to their brew pictures of animals, plants and landscapes
that could be wiped out if global warming continues to accelerate.
Morgan, WWF, played the part of Clinton
The UNDP sponsored
an event on capacity-building for sustainable development and climate
change policies. The event was chaired by John Ashe (Antigua and
Barbuda) and speakers included Thomas B. Johansson (UNDP), Mark
Mwandosya (Tanzania), and Thomas Black Arbelaez (Colombia). Arbelaez
identified both international and national contstraints to implementing
CDM projects and discussed the development of capacity-building
approaches to address each of the constraining factors. Mwandosya
stressed that the aim of capacity-building programmes should be
self-reliance for developing countries and said that a minimum of
five years was necessary for the programmes to be successful. He
emphasized partnerships with developed countries.
Black Arbelaez, Chief Economist, Colombian Ministry of the Environment
Third Forum on Emission Factors and Activity
Data of Greenhouse Gas Inventories of non-Annex I Parties
UNFCCC-sponsored event provided a forum to discuss a technical paper
from the Convention Secretariat on Comparative Analysis of Activity
Data and Emissions Factors Used in Preparing GHG Inventories in the
Energy and Land-Use Change and Forestry Sectors in Some Developing
Countries. The event paper also addressed the outcomes of a workshop
on Emission Factors and Activity Data in Accra, Ghana, held from 4-6
La Rovere, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Co-Chair of the
Energy Sector Working Group (E-mail: email@example.com)
left to right: La Rovere, N. H. Ravindranath,
Centre for Ecological Sciences and Co-Chair of the Land-Use Change
and Forestry Sector Working Group (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org);
Martha Perdomo, UNFCCC Secretariat; Youba Sokona, Environmental
Development Action in the Third World (ENDA) and Co-Chair of the
Land-Use Working Group (E-mail: email@example.com,
and Samir Amous, Apex Conseil and Co-Chair of the Energy Working
Climate Change - Innovative Approaches to Communicating Scientific
Knowledge to the Public
Swiss delegation presented a number of innovative tools and products
designed to improve public understanding of climate change. Speakers
addressed on-going research programmes, an on-line demonstration of
communication tools, and user experience.
The presenters were: Beat Nobs of the Swiss delegation (Chair of the
event, right), SAEFL, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Swiss Federal Institute
of Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Marin Bussenschutt
EAWAG, and Frank Neidhofer, Sigmaplan.
A Personal carbon dioxide calculator to allow users to work out the
impact of their lifestyles on the atmosphere: http://clear.eawag.ch/co2
A CD-ROM entitled Climate Effects - Questions and Answers about
Climate Change in Alpine Regions
A video education tool called 'The Climate Conspiracy'.
Books including popular publications for lay audiences.
Martin Bussenschutt talks to Peter Doran about the Swiss approach
to communicating climate change
Owes Who? Climate Change, debt, equity and survival
Aid and the Global Commons Institute teamed up for this side event,
linking the issues of climate change and debt. The event was based
on the recent launch of a Christian Aid report which draws attention
to the carbon debt owed to the global community by industrialized
countries as a result of their profligate use of fossil fuel. Meanwhile
the rich pursue poor countries to service their foreign financial
Who owes who? Climate change, debt, equity and survival. A
report for Christian Aid, written by Andrew Simms in collaboration
with Nick Robins of the International Institute of Environment and
Development, and Aubrey Meyer of the Global Commons Institute. Christian
Aid, Tel.: 0171 523 2225 (London) .
Meyer, Global Commons Institute, delivered an animated talk on
the compelling case for a contraction and convergence approach
to emissions reductions. Meyer was one of the collaborators in
the preparation of the Christian Aid report.
Clements-Hunt, Policy Manager, International Chamber of Commerce
(ICC, left) shamelessly working the crowd at a reception hosted
by ICC. Contact details for information on the ICC's work on the
environment and energy: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
ICC web site: http://www.iccwbo.org
Standards in Climate Change mitigation: an overview of ISO's work
International Standardization Organization (ISO) convened an event
on ISO standards in climate change mitigation and an overview of ISO's
work to date, illustrated with case studies on implementation. Ahmad
Husseini, Secretary, ISO, gave an overview of ISO, the ISO process
and what it can do to help mitigate climate change. He urged participants
to avoid reiventing the wheel with respect to environmental management.
Pilot projects were presented, including the Illumez, a high efficiency
lighting project in Mexico. A project on sustainable coffee production
in the international supply chain, which looked at the links between
Costa Rica and the Netherlands, was also outlined. (contact Myrtille
G. Danse; e-mail: email@example.com)
Larsen presenting the Illumez project
Horacio Peluffo, External Relations Officer, UNFCCC, enjoys
a birthday massage
UNFCCC Secretariat members Richard Kinley, Secretary of the
COP, Salwa Dallalah, Manager, Conference Support, Michael Zammit
Cutajar, Executive Secretary, toast the birthday celebrant
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