Laying the groundwork to renew the Kyoto Protocol.
"International climate negotiators are meeting in Panama from October 1 -7 in a final round of talks prior to the next Conference of the Parties (“COP”) meeting in Durban, South Africa.
The meeting, formally known as the third part of the 16th Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16) and the third part of the 14th Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), will set the stage for the larger meeting in Durban.
Negotiators in Panama are hoping to make progress on a variety of issues that they hope will pave the way for additional progress and formal agreements in Durban. In particular, negotiations in Panama are expected to focus on developing a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, developing a framework for a tax on the use of bunker fuels in international shipping to finance adaptation costs in developing countries and enhancing measurement, reporting and verification (“MRV”) guidelines and procedures.
Reports from the opening days of the conference indicate that negotiators are focusing on “transitional arrangements” that would bridge the gap to a comprehensive climate regime to begin in the next 3-7 years. There appears to be a tacit recognition on the part of the negotiators that there are currently too many significant political and legal issues standing in the way of reaching a comprehensive agreement in Durban, and thus an interim agreement will be necessary to ensure further progress.
The UNFCCC’s official, daily guide to the meetings in Panama can be found at http://unfccc.int/conference_programme/items/6109.php.”
Source: Climate Law Blog
"A 1m sea-level rise could displace more than seven million residents of the Mekong delta, and a 2m sea-level rise could double that number, according to a study by the Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network in New York, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and other groups.
Yet again, population growth is not mentioned as a corollary.
Source: IRIN Asia
If a nation sinks under the ocean, does it retain its legal status? What becomes of the citizens of a deterritorialized nation? Will they have access to secondary citizenship in any new destinations?
Thought provoking questions like these will be discussed at this very important conference. If you’re into serious climate law and policy, this is a must for 2011.
May 23 - 25, 2011
New York, New York
DAY ONE: THE STATUS QUO — SHIFTING LEGAL OPTIONS IN A CHANGING WORLD
Scientific summary: How much time do we have?
Statehood and statelessness
Preserving marine rights: Fishing and minerals
DAY TWO: WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP, AND HOW TO DO IT
Resettlement and migration issues
Existing legal structures
A new international convention?
DAY THREE: DOMESTIC OPTIONS FOR SMALL ISLAND STATES
Engineering for the future
Law and policy choices
Further information, and registration to attend conference or to view live webcast is available here.
This is a good one. Rare. Rarer that the deadline is May 1st. Go for it!
Apply now for Columbia University’s M.S. in Sustainability Management developed by the Earth Institute and School of Continuing Education. To learn more about the program, the May 1st deadline, and to fill out an electronic application, please visit: http://ce.columbia.edu/Sustainability-Management.
This is by some heavy weights.
PANEL DISCUSSION: CLIMATE CHANGE, CHINA, AND THE WTO
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th St. (at Amsterdam Ave.)
Jerome Greene Hall Room 104
New York, New York
In December 2010, the United States initiated a landmark dispute at the WTO challenging a range of Chinese subsidies to domestic renewable energy manufacturers. Although the dispute is currently still in the consultation phase, it represents a significant step by the United States government and could be a harbinger of things to come as China continues its aggressive push towards clean energy infrastructure and development. What are the environmental, economic and geopolitical implications of this case? Join our distinguished panelists for a wide-ranging discussion of the dispute and its context within international trade law and economics.
• Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University; Chair, Columbia University Committee on Global Thought; Nobel Laureate in Economics
• Robert Howse, Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, New York University School of Law
• Andrew Shoyer, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative
• Michael Gerrard, author of Global Climate Change and U.S. LawDirector, Columbia Center for Climate Change Law
Columbia Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School
Earth Institute, Columbia University
No RSVP required.
This event will be webcast live, and a video will be posted on the Center for Climate Change Law website. To join the webcast, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for login instructions. http://www.law.columbia.edu/null/download?&exclusive=filemgr.download&file_id=542137
Sweet degree program. Interesting that Columbia has softened the fall 2011 admissions deadline to May 1st.
The Earth Institute and School of Continuing Education at Columbia University invite you to join us for an information session on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program. This will be the program’s last information session before the May 1 deadline for Fall 2011 admission.
All organizations, whether they are multinational corporations or local nonprofits, face a growing number of environmental challenges, from limiting carbon emissions to managing water resources. The M.S. in Sustainability Management is a highly specialized professional program that will formally train and educate sustainability practitioners for a broad range of fields.
The program is designed to meet the growing demand for sustainability managers and will train leaders to bridge the gap between the principle of sustainable development and its practice. Students in the program will learn sophisticated environmental measurement tools and cutting-edge environmental science to fully understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization, as businesses in fields including law, financial management, media, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and energy seek out capable managers to guide their environmental stewardship. This program is ideal for practitioners and aspiring professionals working in organizational management, regulatory compliance, facilities operations, and environmental stewardship among many other areas.
The program, co-sponsored by Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education and the Earth Institute, is offered full-time or part-time to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University’s Morningside Campus
To register for the information session, please go to:
Representatives from the program will be available to answer questions. The final deadline for applications to the Sustainability Management program for Fall 2011 is May 1. We look forward to seeing you at the information session
For more info about the program: http://ce.columbia.edu/Sustainability-Management/About-the-Program
or email Doug Hill: email@example.com