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at last bertrand piccard takes off too on april 21st
from hawaii headed for california back to first round-the-world solar flight
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same days, once again tadpole fundles ma’s green & blue posh
this time south on florida’s wondrous WITHLACOOCHEE BIKE TRAIL
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top poet friend, our own bernie, he’s along too this time
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ma’s all-earth guardian editor, following those strong dec paris days
brings us up to date once again at UN’s signup
Yesterday was EARTH DAY. Fittingly, more than 170 countries went to New York to SIGN THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT, a record-breaking number of first-day signatures for an international treaty. ( In case you wondered, the Convention on the Law of the Sea was the previous record holder, with 119 countries in 1982 ).
But Ban Ki-Moon, who hosted the ceremony along with heads of state and climate champions including Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, pointed out that other climate record are being broken right now. RECORD TEMPERATURES GLOBALLY, NEW LOWS FOR SEA ICE, MASS BLEACHING OF CORAL REEFS and UNHEARD-OF LEAPS IN CO2 LEVELS IN OUR ATMOSPHERE.
Against that alarming backdrop, the pressure is on countries to do more and do it faster. Our correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg as been talking to experts including Jeffrey Sachs on what happens next, and HOW GOVERNMENTS ARE STILL FAILING TO GRASP THE URGENCY OF DEEPLY CUTTING EMISSIONS.
I’m also writing to thank those of you who generously took minutes out of your day to VOTE FOR US IN THE WEBBYS FOR OUR COVERAGE OF THE MEKONG. It now looks likely our coverage of the river and its people’s fate will win an award, and the issue will get a much needed spotlight.
Editor, THE GUARDIAN.COM/ENVIRONMENT
finally friends, speaking of earth day, lets have a look at this
what all-year bunch tells us about rising positive happenings around our globe
The endgame approaches. Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Paris now have just hours left to find a global consensus on a new climate change deal. Despite the REMAINING STICKING POINTS the mood is still upbeat for a deal. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said on Friday that he was “ENCOURAGED” BY PROGRESS.
” I have been attending many difficult multilateral negotiations, but by any standard, this negotiation is most complicated, most difficult, but most important for humanity . . . I am urging and appealing to all the state parties to take the final decision for humanity. ”
Our team of reporters at the summit are feeding into a live blog which will run throughout today. You can READ LIVE UPDATES HERE.
James Randerson, assistant national news editor
Friday’s reading list:
It is crunch time in the UN climate talks in Paris. We had the diplomats wrangling last week but now the politicians have taken up the baton and with only the next day and a half to go, countries are going to have to make their mind up what they want and what they are prepared to sacrifice.
On Wednesday afternoon THE FRENCH HOSTS PUBLISHED A DRAFT OF THE FINAL NEGOTIATING TEXT. It’s a bit shorter, there are many fewer brackets ( points of disagreement that are still unresolved ), but all the core sticking points remain unresolved. Last night the countries met in plenary to give their reactions, and today there will have to be movement if there is to be a deal.
The good news, especially for poor countries, is that the new text now includes the figure of 1.5C as one of three options for a target rise in temperatures ( THIS PIECE BY MY COLLEAGUE ADAM VAUGHAN explains what impacts are likely to be associated with each extra degree of rise ). The other options of ” 2C ” and ” under 2C ” are still there but it does suggest that the pressure put on countries by development groups, churches, the media and others to be ambitious has paid off. It’s another matter whether that is the final figure agreed.
Finance to help poorer countries to adapt to climate change will be a major issue and the text recognizes the $100bn figure promised by 2020, but indicates that this is just a starting point. Although no ongoing figure is given.
Equally, the thorny issue of loss and damage ( what some poor countries see as compensation for climate impacts ) is in the text but with no new language around it. That probably means that no-one is prepared to compromise yet.
As I write this around 400 people from environment and development groups are inside the centre demonstrating that they want countries to be ambitious. The cry is ” 1.5 to stay alive “.
The next 24 hours will decide if there is to be a deal. There will have to be compromises made but by lunchtime we should have the bones of a final agreement. Then there will be long plenary sessions, possibly another text, and a deal possibly on Friday night or Saturday morning.
It could all go wrong but the mood here is positive. Whether they can now find a way through the labyrinth of alternatives and brackets is another matter.
John Vidal, environment editor, The Guardian
Thursday reading list:
Here in Paris, negotiators are feeling the heat. As the conference enters its final crucial week, ministers are arriving, greeted by young volunteers from local neighborhoods, electrified transport and recycled art.
Negotiators were working into the early hours over the weekend to produce a 48 page draft agreement. Published on Saturday, it was 252 pages shorter than at this point during the disastrous Copenhagen talks in 2009. But within the agreement lie more than 900 square brackets, signifying areas of disagreement.
Laurent Fabius, president of COP21 and the French foreign minister, summed up the challenge ahead:
” We’re talking about life itself . . . I intend to muster the experience of my entire life to the service of success for next Friday, ” he told the conference.
But many developing countries are now worried about parts of the agreement, which they say could put pressure on them to provide climate finance, alongside rich nations. Some even say that the text is an attempt to change the UN’s convention itself.
So can the negotiators find the right compromises, delete the brackets and come to a consensus by 6pm on Friday ?
We’ll be here to find out.
Emma Howard and the Guardian team in Paris
Here’s today’s reading list: