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Climate Study Puts Diplomatic Pressure on Obama

Source: New York Times
Date: 31 March
Excerpt: A sweeping new study on the effects of climate change — which the report says is already disrupting the lives and livelihoods of the poorest people across the planet — creates a diplomatic challenge for President Obama, who hopes to make action on both climate change and economic inequality hallmarks of his legacy.

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IPCC Report: Kerry and Hague Call for Tough climate Action

Source: RTCC
Date: 31 March
Excerpt: Ambassador Marlene Moses, who represents the Alliance of Small Island States in New York hopes the study will convince previously sceptical or apathetic politicians of the need to act.“We hope that it helps convince the international community, particularly those most responsible for climate change, to address the crisis with greater urgency and not at some abstract date in the future but immediately,” she said.
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Warsaw climate talks: the world’s poorest cannot wait for a 2015 deal

Source: Guardian
Date: 21 November
Excerpt: All these initiatives send a strong message that clean energy and a safe climate go hand-in-hand. This is why island states at the negotiations in Poland are proposing a ‘Warsaw Workplan’ to quickly reduce emissions by accelerating the uptake of renewable energy and improve the efficiency of energy use and supply.
At climate change talks, Ban stresses major role of cities in mitigating impact
Source: UN News Centre
Date: 21 November
Excerpt: The Secretary-General met with the representatives of various regional organisations and countries attending the Climate Change Conference, including ministers from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the G-77 countries and China, the Africa Group, the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), and the European Union.

Struggle for agreement at UN climate talks as green groups walk out

Source: BBC
Date: 21 November
Excerpt: However, ambassador Ronny Jumeau, from the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis), also struck a cautiously optimistic note. He said there were different definitions of compensation that could allow some movement in the talks.”It depends how you view compensation,” he told BBC News.”It doesn’t necessarily mean I am blaming someone for it.” “We are past the blame game here, there is no black and white division between whose emissions caused what where.” The talks are due to finish late on Friday but the expectation is that, as usual, it will be sometime on Saturday before the final gavel falls.

Australia Accused of Climate Change Denial At Warsaw Talks

Source: Renew Economy
Date: 21 November
Excerpt: In the high level segment of the UN-sponsored climate change negotiations in Warsaw, the Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele Sosene Sopoaga, did not mention Australia directly by name, but referred to the obstructive actions of its “close Pacific neighbour”. There was no doubt who he was referring to. “Some of our close Pacific neighbours have been so unhelpful,” Sopoaga sais. “We seem to be witnessing a turn-back to the days of climate change denial.”

 

Developing Nations Stage Protest at Climate Talks

Source: New York Times
Date: 20 November
Excerpt: “This is the issue that almost crashed the Doha talks,” said Alden Meyer, the director of policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “And here we are going into the last days of Warsaw, and the small island states and the less-developed countries are seeing signs that they’re not going to come out of this with what was agreed last year.”

Climate talk failures cause both threats and disappointment

Source: Global Travel and Industry News
Date: 20 November
Excerpt: The meetings in Warsaw can best be described as contentious and in particular the groups of small islands nations and their allies demand for financial compensation over the damages caused by the uninhibited output of greenhouse gases from the so called developed world in the past vis a vis the natural disaster, rising ocean temperatures and rising ocean levels of the present, which are of course a direct threat to the very survival of small island nations, had a tough time to make their positions heard.

U.N. Climate Meet Becomes About “Not Losing Ground”

Source: Inter Press ServiceDate: 20 November
Excerpt: Diann Black-Layne grew up in a single parent home with nine siblings on the tiny Caribbean island of Antigua. Still, life was easygoing and enjoyable, she recalls. For her, it was paradise. But paradise was lost in 1979 when Hurricane David, at that time considered the strongest storm ever to hit the Caribbean, came roaring in, followed 10 years later by Hurricane Hugo.3 Since 1995, Antigua and Barbuda has withstood the fury of five more hurricanes.

Dispatches From Warsaw

Source: Think Progress
Date: 18 November
Excerpt: Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the central Philippines on November 8 and killed thousands of people, has focused attention on the issue of loss and damage in the Warsaw talks. “Loss and damage” refers to repairable damage or permanent loss due to the impacts of climate change, including severe weather events and slow-onset events such as sea-level rise.

Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis

Source: New York Times
Date: 17 November
Excerpt:  Malia Talakai, a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, a group that includes her tiny South Pacific homeland, Nauru, said that without urgent action to stem rising sea levels, “some of our members won’t be around.”

Typhoon Fuels Call for Global Warming Compensation Funds

Source: Bloomberg
Date: 17 November
Excerpt: Island nations fear that rising sea-levels could swallow up their territory, leading to losses that should be compensated. Those including loss of sovereignty, culture and the need to migrate, said Malia Talakai, who negotiates for the 44-country Alliance of Small Island States. “This is for what we cannot adapt to,” she said. The mechanism should help coordinate research into slow-onset changes such as sea level rise, melting glaciers and ocean acidification, according to Juan Hoffmaister, a Bolivian envoy who negotiates for the G77 and China. He said developing nations don’t see the mechanism as a “cash machine,” and envoys shouldn’t get hung up over compensation.

Typhoon Fuels Call for Global Warming Payouts: Carbon & Climate

Source: Businessweek
Date: 17 November
Excerpt: The issue was too thorny for lower-level delegates at the talks to resolve last week. They punted the issue to ministers and other high-ranking officials who arrive this week to grapple with the tougher political decisions. They include U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, and his counterpart from the Pacific island nation of Nauru, Baron Divavesi Waqa.

Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis

Source: Boston Globe
Date: 17 November
Excerpt:  Malia Talakai, a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, a group that includes her tiny South Pacific homeland, Nauru, said that without urgent action to stem rising sea levels, “some of our members won’t be around.”

Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis

Source: Columbus Dispatch
Date: 17 November
Excerpt:  Malia Talakai, a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, a group that includes her tiny South Pacific homeland, Nauru, said that without urgent action to stem rising sea levels, “some of our members won’t be around.”

Canada brings a dismal record on greenhouse gases to the Warsaw climate talks

Source: Straight (Canada)
Date: 16 November
Excerpt: The Alliance of Small Island States has claimed its populations are in jeopardy because of Japan’s move to slash the cuts from 25 percent to 3.8 percent of its 2005 level.

Pressure mounts on EU as UN climate talks falter

Source: RTCC
Date: 16 November
Excerpt: Seychelles Ambassador Ronald Jumeau, a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), said he hoped that the actions of Japan and Australia would not lead to other developed countries easing off on their ambitions.“ In fact, we hope some of them would take up the slack,” he said.

Japan Lowers Emissions Goal in Setback for UN Climate Talks

Source: Washington Post
Date: 15 November
Excerpt: Japan’s shift in climate policy weighs on global efforts to contain the temperature rise since industrialization to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Alliance of Small Island States. “Developed countries have committed to taking the lead and must do so,” the 44-nation bloc said in an e-mailed statement. Japan’s decision “puts our populations at great risk.”

Japan under fire for scaling back plans to cut greenhouse gases

Source: The Guardian
Date: 15 November
Excerpt: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a group of 44 low-lying island and coastal nations that are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, said: “[We] are extremely concerned that the announcement represents a huge step backwards in the global effort to hold warming below the essential 1.5-2 degrees celsius threshold, and puts our populations at great risk. This is neither the time nor the place to be backtracking on commitments.

Under-fire Japans defends climate goal at UN talks

Source: Global Post
Date: 15 November
Excerpt: “The European Union and its 28 Member States call on Japan to consider the implications of the new target for Japan’s contribution to international mitigation action. AOSIS, gathering poor island nations vulnerable to rising seas, accused Japan of retreating on promises it made at the 2009 UN climate summit in Copenhagen. AOSIS is extremely concerned that the announcement represents a huge step backwards… and puts our populations at great risk. The grouping pointed to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines, as “just the latest in a series of climate-related extreme weather catastrophes” that would increase under global warming.

Japan lowers target for greenhouse gas emission cuts after Fukushima

Source: South China Morning Post
Date: 15 November
Excerpt: The Alliance of Small Island Nations – a group of island countries vulnerable to rising seas – said the move was “a huge step backwards”.

Japan basically gives up on trying to reduce emissions

Source: Salon
Date: 15 November
Excerpt: The announcement at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, casting a pall over efforts to reach an international agreement on emissions reductions. The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a group of 44 low-lying nations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, released a statement saying: ”[We] are extremely concerned that the announcement represents a huge step backwards in the global effort to hold warming below the essential 1.5-2 degrees Celsius threshold.

UK slams Japan’s decision to slash climate target

Source: RTCC
Date: 15 November
Excerpt: A statement from the Alliance of Small Island States, which represents the world’s most climate vulnerable states, called the news a “huge step backwards. AOSIS is extremely concerned that the announcement represents a huge step backwards in the global effort to hold warming below the essential 1.5-2°C threshold, and puts our populations at great risk. This is neither the time nor the place to be backtracking on commitments made by leaders in Copenhagen.

Start simple to make a big difference quickly in climate change – negotiator

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Date: 15 November
Excerpt: Hugh Sealy, a climate change negotiator who lives in the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, thinks the answer is to narrow down to a simple focus – improving energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy – and showing countries their economies will win more than lose by taking strong action on those.

U.N. Climate Meet: “It’s About Survival”

Source: Reuters
Date: 13 November 2013
Excerpt: We’re being impacted by climate change right now. We have to fight sea level rise, we are looking at increases in the frequency and severity of storm events, so it’s about survival,” Hugh Sealy, vice chair of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board, told IPS.3

G77+China for concrete decision on loss and damage

Source: The Hindu
Date: 13 November 2013
Excerpt: The formal G77 proposal says the UN talks at Warsaw should agree “that the international mechanism is established to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change from extreme and slow onset events in developing country parties, especially the least developed countries and small island developing states and other developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.”

Will Australia cause a slip on the climate change stepping stones in Warsaw?

Source: Guardian
Date: 13 November 2013
Excerpt: Alongside this, negotiators will also be looking to progress on a negotiating track known as “loss and damage” where developing countries (in particular small island states and countries such as the typhoon-ravaged Philippines) are compensated for climate change impacts.

Vocal group’ representing Caribbean at Warsaw climate talks

Date: 13 November 2013
Source: Jamaica Observer
Excerpt: For small island states, loss and damage is a major, major issue and at the same time, they are calling for maximum ambition to cope with emissions. That is the only way, at the end of the day, to prevent rising sea levels,” the source said, noting the peculiar challenges that a warmer globe poses for small island states.

Typhoon prompts ‘fast’ by Philippines climate delegate

Source: BBC
Date: 12 November 2013
Excerpt: ”It has become clear that there are now impacts from climate change that can no longer be avoided.”It is therefore essential that we establish an international mechanism on loss and damage here in Warsaw and address this crisis once and for all,” she said.

Typhoon in Philippines Casts Long Shadow Over U.N. Talks on Climate Treaty

Source: New York Times
Date: 11 November 2013
Excerpt: Olai Ngedikes, the lead negotiator for an alliance of small island nations, said in a statement that the typhoon, named Haiyan, which by some estimates killed 10,000 people in one city alone, “serves as a stark reminder of the cost of inaction on climate change and should serve to motivate our work in Warsaw.”

UN climate talks open amid ‘sobering’ typhoon

Source: AFP
Date: 11 November 2013
Excerpt: “The tragic aftermath of Supertyphoon Haiyan… serves as a stark reminder of the cost of inaction on climate change and should serve to motivate our work in Warsaw,” said the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) — a grouping of countries at high risk of climate change-induced sea level rise. Science has confirmed that unless we begin to reduce emissions immediately, the opportunity to keep global warming below the critical 1.5 degree threshold could be irrevocably lost.”

Small Islands Call For Urgency in Warsaw in Wake of Deadly Typhoon

Source: Island BusinessDate: 11 November 2013
Excerpt: “The tragic aftermath of Supertyphoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in history, serves as a stark reminder of the cost of inaction on climate change and should serve to motivate our work in Warsaw.”

Will Warsaw Climate Talks Point Way To New Deal?

Source: AP
Date: 11 November 2013
Excerpt: Climate envoys from rich countries, emerging economies and low-lying nations at risk of being swamped by rising seas will meet in Poland for the next two weeks to lay the groundwork for a new global warming pact.

Marlene Moses: climate change stakes are high for island nations

Source: RTCC
Date: 9 November 2013
Excerpt: In light of the urgency, AOSIS has submitted a proposal to complement the negotiations on the post-2020 agreement with a line of talks squarely focused on developing Mitigation Action Plans (MAPs) that provide Parties with strategies to rapidly scale up technologies and policies already proven to cut emissions.

Hopes for strong 2015 climate deal fade, as risks grow

Source: Reuters
Date: 6 November 2013
Excerpt: “Our concern is urgency” in tackling climate change, said Marlene Moses of Nauru, chair of the Alliance of Small Island States whose members’ fear they will be swamped by rising sea levels. “Vague promises will no longer suffice.”

Live IPCC blog: UN releases AR5 climate science report 

Source: RTCC
Date: 27 September
Excerpt:“The latest research further confirms that governments need to put forward more ambitious emissions reduction targets as soon as possible. We think redoubling our efforts to enable all parties to take more ambitious action domestically can restore trust in the process and increase the chances of securing a new international climate agreement.

NATIONS: What effect will the IPCC report have on UN climate negotiations? 

Date: 27 September
Source: IPCC
Excerpt: This 49-strong collective comprises of some of the most climate vulnerable countries on the planet. Sea level rises of the magnitude suggested could see Kiribati and the Marshall Islands slip beneath the Pacific.Moses wants countries to re-engage with her group’s plan to drive technical and practical alternatives to the use of oil, gas and coal.

NATIONS: Most island states have yet to come to grips with the possibilities of relocation  

Source: Climatewire
Date: 6 September
Excerpt: MAJURO,Marshall Islands — Tony de Brum narrates the watery landscape of his homeland as he passes through it in a motorboat: over here, an island swallowed more than a decade ago by rising seas. There, an atoll where some Bikini Islanders were relocated in the wake of U.S. nuclear testing. Everywhere, shorelines that have receded or disappeared.”It’s funny how we live in the Marshall Islands, but most of us don’t even know that we’re in danger,” said Claret Conggum, 15, who listened to a presentation that Ambassador from Nauru to the U.N. Marlene Moses made on climate change. (Pay Service)

NATIONS: Island countries confront their sinking feelings

Source: Climatewire
Date: 3 September
Excerpt: MAJURO, Marshall Islands — The 44th Pacific Island Forum opened today on this low-lying coral atoll with leaders vowing to send a strong message that climate change already is a reality for island nations, and their countries are ready to act even if big polluters are not.Nauru’s U.N. ambassador, Marlene Moses, agreed: “I strongly believe we are beyond diplomatic-speak now. If we don’t come up with a robust, credible agreement in 2015 that will ensure the survival of the most vulnerable, then I think as Pacific leaders and global leaders, we have failed.”

Pacific concerns over climate change to the fore at Forum

Source: Radio New Zealand
Date: 2 September
Excerpt: Nauru’s Marlene Moses says it is clear greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced now. She says the goal of sustainable development should be to provide everyone with the opportunity to live their lives with dignity. Tuvalu’s prime minister Enele Sopaga told the panel that concrete action on the ground is needed to save Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and Kiribati.

Finance ministers set for UN climate talks invite

Source: RTCC
Date: 17 June
Excerpt: The plan, which involves creating a climate compensation mechanism, is supported by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) who are losing land and freshwater resources to encroaching seas, as well as suffering increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Solomon Islands climate change Ambassador Colin Beck says the proposal, suggested in Doha last year, must be carried into the next phase of the negotiations. “Loss and damage is a key ask for us in terms of moving forward. It’s about helping nations who are coping with disasters that are way beyond their capacity to deal with,” he told RTCC. “We hope finance ministers will change the dynamics that have gone on over the years and that at the highest level, when we make commitments those commitments are honoured.” 

Vulnerable States Decry Slow Progress At Bonn Climate Talks

Source: Reuters
Date: 17 June
Excerpt: “Unfortunately, unavoidable losses and damage resulting from sea-level rise, ocean acidification and storm surges, to name only a few of the worsening climate impacts, represent a new normal for island communities around the world,” the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) said in a statement. 

Climate talk shifts from curbing CO2 to adapting

Source: AP
Date: 15 June
Excerpt: At U.N. climate talks in Germany this past week, Ronald Jumeau, a delegate from the Seychelles, said developing countries have noted the more than $50 billion in relief that U.S. states in the Northeast got for Superstorm Sandy. That’s a large amount “for one storm in three states. At the same time, the Philippines was hit by its 15th storm in the same year,” Jumeau said. “It puts things in context.” 

UN climate talks marred by decision-making spat

Source: AP
Date: 14 June
Excerpt: “If we’re not careful, it could collapse the whole system,” said Ronald Jumeau, a delegate from the Seychelles. 

Russia challenges consensus rule at heart of U.N. climate talks

Source: Reuters
Date: 14 June
Excerpt: “We have to sort this out as soon as possible and certainly before 2015. If we don’t find a solution the consequences could be catastrophic for many of the most vulnerable,” said Ronny Jumeau of the Seychelles, a spokesman for AOSIS, the alliance of about 40 small island states – among them Tuvalu and Grenada – which are vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by global warming.

Is UN negotiating an unattainable climate goal?

Source: AFP
Date: 13 June
Excerpt: For Ronald Jumeau, the negotiator for Seychelles — one of the nations most at risk of climate change-induced sea level rise — tampering with the target would amount to “sacrificing” the world’s most vulnerable people. In fact, Seychelles and other island states want it lowered to 1.5 C.”If we were to abandon the 1.5-2 C target, the negotiators for the SIDS (Small Island Developing States), other low-lying countries and the LDCs (Least-Developed Countries) might as well pack our bags and go home and exchange them for life rafts,” said Jumeau.

Small Island technical paper wins support at UN climate

Source: RTCC
Date: 13 June
Excerpt: “We have heard the proposal from AOSIS and we support it. It is clear we need the technical input to get deeper into the options identified in the technical paper, and through discussion here, and really put out the options for further action,” EU delegate Nicole Wilke said in Tuesday’s plenary session.

EU positive over 2015 climate deal despite Russia row

Source: RTCC
Date: 13 JuneExcerpt: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has suggested establishing a new body to identify tried and tested emission reduction policies and technologies and focus on spreading them.

Call to cut ‘super greenhouse gases’

Source: AFP
Date: 12 June
Excerpt: Issued on the sidelines of beleaguered UN climate talks in Bonn, the report said a new Sino-US deal to scale back hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) “can make a difference”. “Should we succeed in phasing out HFCs, there could be quite large benefits,” Bill Hare, director of the Climate Analytics think tank that co-authored the report told journalists in Bonn.

Russian block at climate talks

Source: The Australian
Date: 13 June
Excerpt: Fiji, speaking for an alliance of developing countries that includes China, begged for action. “Please don’t walk off, please don’t close the door and turn off the lights,” its delegate said. “We are all here as sovereign member states. Let us not tie the noose around our necks on some procedural issues.” Tuvalu, a small-island state worried about sea-level rise, asked: “Do we have to bury ourselves in procedural matters and not address important issues?”

Global Climate Negotiations Break Down in Bonn. Go Figure.

Source: Huffington Post
Date: 13 June
Excerpt:  President Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping unveiled an ambitious agreement over the weekend to mutually reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a class of widely used refrigerants that contribute to global warming. If the economics could ever be solved, nuclear power might have a bigger role to play in driving down emissions.

How to launch action on climate change

Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: 13 June
Excerpt: This harsh reality underpinned the hard-won outcome of COP 17 in Durban, re-affirmed last year in Doha, in which parties agreed to intensify efforts to raise their mitigation ambition in the next few years under discussions known as “Workstream 2 of the ADP.” It also motivated a recent proposal by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) – a group of 44 low-lying and coastal countries that are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, particularly rising seas – to complement the negotiations with a line of discussions focused squarely on implementing policies and technologies proven to rapidly lower emissions.

Tempers fray over Russian block at climate talks

Source: AFP
Date: 11 June
Excerpt: “Please don’t walk off, please don’t close the door and turn off the lights,” its delegate said. “We are all here as sovereign member states. Let us not tie the noose around our necks on some procedural issues.” To applause, Tuvalu, a small-island state worried by sea-level rise, asked: “Do we have to bury ourselves in procedural matters and not address important issues? Are we getting the impression that three parties are not interested in climate change? That seems to be the impression we are getting.”

UN climate talks collapse amid acrimony in Bonn

Source: RTCC
Date: 11 June
Excerpt: Fiji and Tuvalu, both acutely vulnerable to rising sea levels and keen for the swift adoption of an effective deal, called on the Chair to push through a resolution without consensus.“We’re getting the impression these three countries are not interested in climate change,” the Tuvalu delegate said. In an emotional intervention Fiji’s Sai Navoti urged Chruszczow to push through the agenda.

UN climate envoys urged to accelerate loss and damage planning

Source: RTCC
Date: 5 June
Excerpt: But Bill Hare from Climate Analytics, who produced the Turn Down The Heat report for the World Bank in 2012, says it is becoming clear that negative feedbacks as a result of extreme weather could have serious global economic implications. “There is going to be significant residual damage, economic and non-economic. Even 1-1.5C of warming means loss and damage will be substantial in many regions,” he told RTCC in Bonn.“If you have a poverty trap developing as a consequence of climate shocks, a region that is otherwise going ok economically could be pushed back through hurricanes or sea level rise.

Debate warms up over formulas for 2015 climate pact

Source:  E&E
Date: 4 June
Excerpt: In Bonn yesterday, a group of 83 island nations and least developed countries uniquely vulnerable to climate change called on diplomats to get working. They pointed to the dangerous record recently reached as the Earth’s CO2 level passed 400 parts per million. While nations have pledged to keep temperatures to a 2-degree-Celsius rise above preindustrial levels, the coalition urged a tougher goal of 1.5 degrees.”The long-feared milestone, a level not seen on earth for over 3 million years, underscores the need to focus our work and make concrete progress at this session and follow up the work at COP 19 in Warsaw, as we move toward adopting a Protocol under the Convention applicable to all Parties in 2015,” the group said in a statement. “Research clearly shows that unless we act immediately, the opportunity to keep global warming below the crucial 1.5 degree Celsius threshold could be irrevocably lost.”

83 developing states call for clear climate finance & emission pledges

Source: RTCC
Date: 4 June
Excerpt: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) groups, which represent over 920 million people, say UN talks in Bonn over the next two weeks must focus on short-term efforts to address rising levels of carbon emissions.

EU: Time to crack down on HFC greenhouse gases

Source: RTCC
Date: 4 June
Excerpt: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) groups, which represent over 920 million people, say UN talks in Bonn over the next two weeks must focus on short-term efforts to address rising levels of carbon emissions

Climate Envoys Urged to Draft Plan B on Failure of Global Target

Source: Bloomberg
Date: 3 June
Excerpt: Raising the temperature goal may fail to gain traction at UN talks, where the 52-member AOSIS bloc of island nations and the group of 49 Least Developed Countries are seeking a stricter target to curtail the increase to 1.5 degrees. Envoys have agreed to examine the feasibility of that goal in light of new scientific findings before an accord is reached.

Gloves off as UN climate talks resume in Bonn

Source: RTCC
Date: 3 June
Excerpt: It’s like the calm before the storm, people jockeying for position,” Seychelles negotiator Ronny Jumeau told RTCC at the conclusion of that session.“I don’t think anyone has put their cards on the table yet. I think the fangs and the claws will come out in June, when the pressure starts on ambition.”

Climate talks end inconclusively, again

Source: Aljazeera
Date: 6 May
Excerpt: In Bonn, there was good discussion on how to reduce the gap, including the Association of Small Island States’ plan to have governments make specific commitments on renewable energy and energy efficiency at COP 19, he said.

Bonn climate talks fail to close China, US divide

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Date: 6 May
Excerpt: ”If we fail to act now, a vastly more expensive response will be required later,” a group of 83 of the least developed nations and small island states said in a statement.

Nations seek flexible climate approach, but no breakthrough in Bonn

Source: Reuters
Date: 3 May
Excerpt: ”If we fail to act now, a vastly more expensive response will be required later,” a group of 83 of the least developed nations and small island states said in a statement.

Interview with Ambassador Ronald Jumeau of the Seychelles on ADP Session in Bonn

Source: RTCC
Date: 3 May
Excerpt: Amb. Jumeau provides analysis  on the May sessions of the ADP  in Bonn.

Low-key US plan for each nation to set climate goals wins ground

Source: Reuters
Date: 2 May
Excerpt: Ronald Jumeau of the Seychelles, a spokesman for the 44-nation Alliance of Small Island States where many low-lying atolls fear they will be swamped by rising sea levels, said pledges so far were “woefully inadequate”

Threatened small islands call for “concrete” climate action

Source: Reuters Alertnet
Date: 29 April
Excerpt: “In light of these realities, we must achieve an ADP agreement that ultimately brings CO2 concentrations back below these levels in order to limit warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.”

Carbon dioxide emissions hit highest point in 3 millions years

Source: Irish Times
Date: 30 April
Excerpt: “AOSIS called the announcement ‘ominous milestone’ and warned that ‘the time we have to act is rapidly slipping away’ if the world was to limit warming below 2°.Speaking for the 44-strong Alliance of Small Island States, she said the Bonn talks and a further negotiating session in June to prepare for the Warsaw climate summit in December – needed to achieve concrete outcomes. ‘Failure for us is a direct threat to our very existence.’”

Small islands states issue climate compensation warning

Source: RTCC
Date: 29 April
Excerpt: In a statement issued at the start of the latest round of UN climate talks, which started today in Bonn, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) also called for any global climate deal to limit warming to below 1.5°C by the end of the century.

UN climate process primed for final tilt at global emissions deal

Source: RTCC
Date: 29 April
Excerpt: But watch the LDC group and Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). They are small and economically weak, but have leverage over larger emerging economies through forums like the G77, currently chaired by Fiji.

Why the EU’s 2030 climate targets matter beyond Brussels

Source: RTCC
Date: 2 April
Excerpt: “Further delay risks locking in severe and irreversible climate impacts, including the loss of entire nations, and sending the wrong message at a time when above all the world needs unambiguous climate leadership,” she added.
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Small island states secure climate talks funding

Source: RTCC
Date: 26 March
Excerpt: “Too often the voices of the people most vulnerable to climate change are lost on the international stage,” said Ambassador Marlene Moses, who Chairs AOSIS.
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UN Climate Negotiations: The Role and Influence of the Alliance of Small Island States

Source: Outrigger, Australia National University
Date: 26 February
Excerpt: The Pacific Institute and Climate Change Institute at the ANU were privileged to host a public lecture on 19 February by Her Excellency Ms Marlene Inemwin Moses
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Doha climate gateway opens up a long path of tough talks

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Date: 12 December
Excerpt: The compromise language left some parties disappointed – as is often the way with compromises: “The package before us is deeply deficient. The outcome provides little more than a gateway to a long path,” said Kieren Keke of Nauru, leader of the Association of Small Island States.

Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions

Source: New York Times
Date: 8 December 2012
Excerpt: Kieren Keke, foreign minister of the Pacific nation of Nauru and chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States, called the package adopted Saturday “deeply deficient.”“This is not where we wanted to be at the end of the meeting, I assure you,” he told the delegates. “It certainly isn’t where we need to be in order to prevent islands from going under and other unimaginable impacts. It has become abundantly clear that unless the work is supported by world leaders, particularly those representing the countries most responsible for the crisis, we will continue to fall short year after year.”

UN conference adopts extension of Kyoto climate accord

Source: Washington Post
Date: 8 December
Excerpt: “This is not where we wanted to be at the end of the meeting, I assure you,” said Nauru Foreign Minister Kieren Keke, who leads an alliance of small island states. “It certainly isn’t where we need to be in order to prevent islands from going under and other unimaginable impacts.”

UN conference adopts extension of Kyoto accord

Source: AP
Date: 9 December 2012
Excerpt: ”This is not where we wanted to be at the end of the meeting, I assure you,” said Nauru Foreign Minister Kieren Keke, who leads an alliance of small island states. “It certainly isn’t where we need to be in order to prevent islands from going under and other unimaginable impacts.”

UN conference adopts extension of Kyoto accord

Source: USA Today
Date: 10 December 2012
Excerpt: ”This is not where we wanted to be at the end of the meeting, I assure you,” said Nauru Foreign Minister Kieren Keke, who leads an alliance of small island states. “It certainly isn’t where we need to be in order to prevent islands from going under and other unimaginable impacts.”

UN Conference Adopts Extension Of Kyoto Accord

Source: National Public Radio
Date: 8 December
Excerpt: This is not where we wanted to be at the end of the meeting, I assure you,” said Nauru Foreign Minister Kieren Keke, who leads an alliance of small island states. “It certainly isn’t where we need to be in order to prevent islands from going under and other unimaginable impacts.”

Small nations blast climate talks

Source: Radio Australia
Date: 9 December
Excerpt: Small island states have led criticism of the latest UN climate talks after they ended in Qatar, saying their lands will disappear if more is not done to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Doha climate talks throw lifeline to Kyoto Protocol

Source: Reuters
Date: 8 December
Excerpt: ”Much, much more is needed if we are really going to address climate change and reduce emissions,” said Kieren Keke, foreign minister of the Pacific island state of Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.He warned against endless talk that “locks in the death of our nations and of our children”. Most nations favored keeping even a shrunken Kyoto as a blueprint for future action.

Climate pact injects symbolic life into Kyoto


Source: AFP
Date: 8 DecemberExcerpt: “Those who are obstructive and self-serving need to realise we are not talking about impacts on how comfortable your people live, but whether or not our people will live,” said Kieren Keke, negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States.

”There is a fork in that path. We need to take the correct turn as we walk this path, or this process will collapse and our nations will disappear.”

Kyoto Protocol vote in Doha extends agreement until 2020

Source: Global Post
Date: 8 December
Excerpt: “This is not where we wanted to be at the end of the meeting, I assure you,” Kieren Keke told the news service. Keke is Foreign Minister of Nauru in Micronesia and heads a coalition of island states, which say global warming threatens to put their countries under water.

Troubled climate talks enter final day

Source: AFP
Date: 7 December
Excerpt: ”We woke up today and found ourselves no closer to addressing climate change, and possibly considerably farther from this imperative than when we started here” 11 days ago, said Kieren Keke, chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States.
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At climate talks a struggle over aid for poorer nations

Source: New York Times
Date: 7 December
Excerpt: “Please, ladies and gentlemen,” the delegate from Nauru, a Pacific island nation, pleaded to the assembly, “show me on a map which countries you think are expendable.”

Poor Countries Demand Action at UN Climate Talks

Source: AP
Date: 7 December
Excerpt: ”We are at a make-or-break point. Kyoto is the key to unlocking the deal,” said Nauru’s Foreign Minister Kieren Keke, chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States, which includes scores of countries under threat from rising seas. “The second commitment period must have true environmental integrity and raise ambition now.”

No Progress At Doha Disappoints Pacific Islands

Source: Radio Australia
Date: 7 December
Excerpt: AOSIS, has condemned the wealthy countries for their lack of urgencies. Do you think that they’re not getting the message? Do they not properly understand the plight that the Pacific finds themselves in, or is that a failing of the Pacific to not to get that message across?

Hot air hovers over UN climate talks

Source: AFP
Date: 7 December
Excerpt: “There is enough hot air in the process… we do not need any more!” said Seychelles climate negotiator Ronny Jumeau on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States at high risk of global warming-induced sea level rise.

Open your eyes, Typhoon-Hit Philippines Tells Climate Meeting

Source: AFP
Date: 7 December
Excerpt: “Yes, the entire world is facing an economic crisis. But small island developing states are facing an existential crisis,” said Camillo Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Our existential crisis is neither cyclical nor temporary. It cannot be solved by austerity, stimulus or elections. And it is immune to delay, empty promises or excuses.”

From small islands to largest polluters, everyone is looking to US

Source: Democracy Now
Date: 6 December
Excerpt: At the U.N. climate talks in Doha, developing nations are accusing the United States and other wealthy nations of not sufficiently pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions and failing to pay poorer nations for loss and damage from weather events caused by climate change. We’re joined in Doha by Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles ambassador for climate change and representative of the Alliance of Small Island States.

Climate compensation row at Doha

Source: BBC News
Date: 6 December
Excerpt: Mr Jumeau said that there would be no need for talk about compensation if the rich had cut their emissions in previous meetings. “The Doha caravan seems to be lost in the sand,” he told a joint news conference. “As far as ambition is concerned, we are lost.”We’re past the mitigation (emissions cuts) and adaptation eras. We’re now right into the era of loss and damage. What’s next after that? Destruction? Disappearance of some of our islands? “We’re already into the era of re-location. But after loss and damage there will be mass re-locations if we continue with this loss of ambition.”The issue of compensation for climate losses looks set to become a major focus for negotiations at the conference.

China demands timetable to $100bln climate aid

Source: Reuters
Date: 6 December
Excerpt: But Kyoto has been hit by the pullout of Russia, Japan and Canada who say that goals beyond 2012 are meaningless because major emerging nations led by China and India will not have targets. Washington never ratified Kyoto. “The Doha caravan seems to be lost in a sandstorm,” said Ronny Jumeau of the Seychelles, speaking for the Alliance of Small Island States.

Developing states push 2015 climate aid goal at UN talks

Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: 6 December
Excerpt: Of the British contribution, announced before the others, Ronny Jumeau, U.N. Ambassador for the Seychelles, told journalists on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS): “Thank god someone’s doing something… at least someone has stepped forward and put a figure on the table.” He urged others to follow suit “so at least we’ll be arguing about figures, not arguing about nothing”.

Frustration over lack of climate cash for poor countries rises in Qatar

Source: Guardian
Date: 6 December
Excerpt: Developing countries were also infuriated at rich countries’ refusal to pledge further emission cuts. “Countries cannot sit here without an increase in ambition; it would not be responsible. Some … actually dropped to the low end of their ambition ranges, which have led small island states to ask, ‘Why is this?’ Please tell small island states what conditions have not been met? Why can’t they move to the top end of their pledge ranges here in Doha?” said St Lucia ambassador Edwin Laurent on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States.

Deal, deadlock, or derailment

Source: Carbon Brief
Date: 6 December
Excerpt: The Protocol is due to expire at the end of this month. So what next? The first option being explored at Doha is to extend the Kyoto Protocol – an idea known as Kyoto 2 (or ‘Commitment Period 2′).

The European Union (EU) supports the idea, and has committed member states to a greenhouse gas reduction of 20 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020, with an offer to increase this to 30 per cent by 2020 if other major industrialised countries sign up to binding agreements. The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is also committed to the idea, and Australia recently declared a Kyoto 2 target of a 5 per cent reduction in emissions on 1990 levels by 2020.

A Storm Brews in Doha

 

Source: IPS
Date: 6 December
Excerpt: “The Doha COP caravan is lost in a sandstorm. There is not enough ambition here,” said Ronny Jumeau, ambassador on climate change for the Seychelles, representing the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).Ambition refers to increased reductions in emissions primarily from burning of fossil fuels. Even if countries achieve their currently promised cuts, temperatures will likely rise between four and 10 degrees C based on latest science. Jumeau said island states and least developed countries not only want pledges from industrialised nations to make bigger cuts, but that those pledges are not voluntary but legally binding. “We can’t be in a situation a few years from now where some countries say economic circumstances prevent them from meeting their pledges,” Jumeau said at a press briefing.

Rising sea level puts island nations like Nauru at risk

Source: CNN
Date: 5 December
Excerpt: Keke is now foreign minister of Nauru, and leads the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) at the current U.N. Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar. The Alliance is fighting a David-and-Goliath battle with the world’s biggest polluters — trying to shame them into tougher action to limit emissions and curb the warming of the planet.

Islands at Doha talks seek climate-damage insurance program

Source: Seattle Times
Date: 4 December
Excerpt: Islands that are most vulnerable to rising oceans are seeking an insurance program to protect against damage related to climate change, adding to pressure on industrial nations to increase aid committed to fight global warming to more than $100 billion a year.

Fiji supports international mechanism to compensate climate change losses

Source: Xinhua
Date: 4 December
Excerpt: “While progress has been slow with negotiations fast approaching its end, there is a very strong insistence from AOSIS and African countries to have the loss and damage mechanism as one of the outcome from Doha, ” underscored the statement.

Countries clash over loss and damage in Doha

Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: 4 December
Excerpt: “We have had prolonged years of drought that were never experienced before in terms of duration, and then periods of wet which have gone on and on, so climate change is affecting patterns which then affect people’s ability to plan and manage their resources,” Kieren Keke, the foreign minister of the small Pacific island nation of Nauru, told an event on the sidelines of the talks on Tuesday.

Islands Seek Funds for Climate Damage at UN Discussions

Source: Bloomberg
Date: 3 December
Excerpt: “All we are asking is that they help us with these issues that aren’t our doing,” Malia Talakai of Nauru, lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, or AOSIS, a bloc of 43 island nations, said in an interview in Doha. “We are trying to say that if you pollute you must help us.”

Climate change compensation emerges as major issue at Doha talks

Source: The Guardian
Date: 3 December
Excerpt: Now, as ministers from 194 countries fly in to take over the political negotiations, “loss and damage” has become a “red line” for more than 100 developing countries, led by the Alliance of Small Island States, the Least Developed Countries block and the African Group of Nations.

Ambition deadlock frustrating climate talks in Doha

Source: RTCC
Date: 3 December
Excerpt: “In terms of a stock taking, we have not seen concrete progress on the issues that are important to ensuring the survival of all our members,” said Nauru’s Sai Navoti, lead negotiator for the The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) bloc of 43 island nations.“How many COPs do we have to endure where we go back to our constituencies, and say next year we will increase ambition to reduce emissions? Next year we will see finance. Next year we will save the climate. No more next years.”

First victims of climate change try to make a stand

Source: ClimateWire
Date: 3 December
Excerpt: “We are talking about the survival of whole nations. We are talking about existential threats,” said Kieren Keke, minister of foreign affairs for Nauru, the world’s smallest republic, which is leading a coalition of island states here. Island nations have submitted a work plan that calls on countries to work sector by sector to look for ways to cut more emissions in the short term. “The initial response [from developed countries] is that they can’t do more and they’re at their limits. We simply don’t agree with that,” Keke said.
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EU alliance with small island states vital to success of Doha talks – UK minister

Source: RTCC

Date: 3 December
Excerpt: The coalition in Durban between AOSIS, the EU, LDCs and Progressive Latins was extremely powerful in terms of a coalition for high ambition, and I think we need to make sure that holds, and we don’t allow the perfect to become the enemy of the best available,” he said. “I’ll be trying to hold that coalition together and make sure we keep up the pressure for high ambition.”

Climate talks deadlocked as countdown starts for final week

Source: AFP
Date: 3 December
Excerpt: And the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), gathering nations at high risk from warming-induced rising sea levels, said: “Time is running out to prevent the loss of entire nations and other calamities in our membership and around the world.” Despite the warnings, observers say the Doha talks have become stuck.

Climate Talks: New Zealand: forget Kyoto, write new deal

Source: AP
Date: 3 December
Excerpt: A host of reports before and during the talks have underlined that the gap between what science indicates is needed to address climate change and what governments are actually doing is growing wider. One report, by the United Nations Environment Program, showed greenhouse emissions have risen 20 percent since 2000. “We begin the final week of negotiations in Doha with the sober recognition that time is running out to prevent the loss of entire nations and other calamities in our membership and around the world,” a group of small island nations said in a joint statement Sunday.

No progress so far at Doha climate talks

Source: Radio Australia
Excerpt: Time is running out for Kiribati as the effects of climate change cause more people to lose their homes while the world procrastinates on the issue. President Anote Tong says areas of Kiribati have already been swamped by the rising ocean and more communities have had to relocate because their previous village is submerged.

Doha talks begin second week in deadlock

Source: Xinhua
Date: 3 December
Excerpt: The EU and the BASIC countries, including China, India, Brazil and South Africa, propose it should be eight years as it could then be linked with the existing 2020 targets; while some small, developing island states prefer a five-year period so as to push developed countries to take faster actions.

Climate Gridlock Frustrating Envoys at UN Talks in Doha

Source: Bloomberg
Date: 1 December
Excerpt: “The offer on the table is deeply inadequate,” said Sai Navoti, lead negotiator for the AOSIS bloc of 43 island nations. “How many conferences do we have to endure where we go back to our countries and say, ‘next year we will increase ambition to reduce emissions, next year we will see finance, next year we will save the climate? No more next years.’” Oceans worldwide rose by an average of about 11 millimeters (0.43 inches) from 1992 to 2011 as ice sheets near both poles melted, according to an article in the journal Science.

UN Green Climate Fund Needs Another Year to Start

Source: Bloomberg
Date: 1 December
Excerpt: Finance is critical because it incentivises action in developing countries,” Selwin Hart, an envoy from Barbados who negotiates for the 43-nation Alliance of Small Island States, said in an interview today in Doha. “It also assists the poorest and most vulnerable developing countries to cope with increasing impacts associated with climate change.” Hart said the G77 group of about 130 developing nations and China is working on a proposal that will call on industrialized nations to double climate aid. They want $60 billion for the three years through 2015, up from $30 billion in the three years ending in 2012. Environmental groups such as Conservation International and Greenpeace echoed that demand. “It’s not an unreasonable request,” said Hart. “All that we’re calling for is how developed countries intend to scale up from fast start levels to the $100 billion they pledged.”

UN Seeks Simplest Process in Six Years for Pollution Cuts

Source: Bloomberg
Date: 29 November
Excerpt: The danger of locking in a low level of ambition through 2020 is “a major concern that we have,” said Selwin Hart, an envoy from Barbados who negotiates for the 43-nation Alliance of Small Island States. “We must close the two tracks in a way that demonstrates there is progress in the fight against climate change,” Hart said in an interview. “We’re seeing sea-level rise happening much faster than predicted. We’re seeing increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events. It’s a life and death choice for many of us.”

Climate policy inaction fuels new era of loss and damage – report

Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: 29 November
Excerpt: A wider coalition of NGOs, including some from developing nations, plan to issue an open letter setting out the action they believe is required on loss and damage, which they will present to ministers arriving in Doha next week. Singh said discussions around crafting an international insurance facility for climate risks – a proposal tabled by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) four years ago – have made progress.

Doha: Sea levels to rise by more than 1m by 2100

Source: UK Telegraph
Date: 28 November
Excerpt: Marlene Moses of the Pacific island of Nauru, that has a smaller carbon footprint per year than the whole Doha conference, said the world must cut carbon to stop global warming and sea level rise. Speaking on behalf of the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS), she called on more ambitious targets to cut carbon.

Small islands disheartened by NZ over climate change

Source: Radio New Zealand
Date: 28 November (22:00)
Excerpt: “They’re our friends, they’re our neighbours, they’re in our neighbourhood and it is very disheartening, it is very disappointing, the position that New Zealand has taken on the Kyoto Protocol. It’s also mystifying for me personally because they’re a neighbour and they see the challenges that are being faced by their closest neighbours and by the small island nations.”

Small island states urge the global community not to desert the Kyoto Protocol

Source: Radio New Zealand
Date: 28 November (0700)Excerpt: “It is the foundation upon which the multi-lateral effort to address climate change rests. And for this, our only legally binding international agreement with quantifiable targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for us to put that to rest, there is hardly any future for the most vulnerable, especially those members of AOSIS.”

Region calls for second commitment period at Doha climate talks

Source: Radio New Zealand
Excerpt: Representatives are taking part in talks in Doha in Qatar as the first stage of the international agreement to reduce greenhouse gases runs out at the end of this year. Pacific Island countries have been forming strategies as part of the Alliance of Small Island States. The Solomon Islands UN representative Colin Beck says the key to survival in the Pacific is an ambitious reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Doha: Developing nations demand step up in Kyoto ambition

Source: BusinessGreen
Date: 28 November
Excerpt: The Alliance of Small Island States, Least Developed Countries and the African Group, yesterday reportedly issued a joint statement to the UN’s Doha Climate Summit, arguing that the second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol should run for five years, rather than the planned eight years, in order to increase the ambition of signatory countries’ emission reduction targets.

UN climate scientist: Sandy no coincidence

Source: USA Today
Date: 27 November
Excerpt: Marlene Moses, the head of a coalition of island nations that view the rising sea levels as an existential threat, said that was good advice. “These are the kind of people that it is probably a good idea to listen to,” she said. “It is very much in the interest of small islands to focus on the science, which is why we have always based our positions on the latest research and why here we are calling for dramatically higher ambition.”

UN climate talks get tense over Kyoto extension

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Date: 27 November
Excerpt: Marlene Moses, chairwoman of a coalition of island countries, said she was “gravely disappointed” with rich nations, saying they have failed to act or offer up any new emissions cuts for the near term.

Melting permafrost ‘may speed global warming’

Source: AFP
Excerpt: “Together we face a man-made disaster of epic proportions,” said Marlene Moses of the Pacific island of Nauru, heading the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS), which are vulnerable to rising seas.”The Kyoto Protocol must not be an exercise in creative accounting or a public relations exercise,” Moses said. ”Commitments must be real, and must deliver effective (carbon) emissions reductions.”

U.N. climate talks start in Doha

Source: Washington Post
Date: 26 NovemberExcerpt: On Monday, a coalition of 100 countries, including the Alliance of Small Island States, the Africa Group and the Least Developed Countries, called upon industrialized nations to commit to legally binding carbon cuts. “This conference comes in the wake of disasters that offered an alarming glimpse at what life on a warming planet looks like,” the group said.

Doha talks urge more emission cuts by developed world

Source: China Daily
Date: 27 November
Excerpt: The Naurun representative, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States, said his fellow countries, which are most vulnerable to the climate change, are in urgent need of help from the developed countries to combat the warming weather. ”A month ago, hurricane Sandy hit America and caused great casualties and damages. Small island countries experience disastrous weather events more and more frequently,” the Naurun representative said, urging the establishment of a mechanism to deal with the loss inflicted by extreme weather events upon human beings so as to ensure a healthy living environment for future generations.

COP18 Live: Latest news from Day 1 of Doha climate summit

Source: RTCC
Date: 26 November
Excerpt: Vulnerable countries issued a joint statement calling for a robust new commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol from developed countries.The groups said the new phase must last five years, not the eight years that is on the table, in order to lock in higher ambition. They also said countries that don’t make binding pledges to cut emissions, should not be allowed to benefit from the offsetting, carbon trading and other mechanisms incorporated into the Kyoto Protocol’s rules. “A failure to build on the progress we have made at this critical juncture could be a set back from which we may never recover,” read the statement.

Calamity opens Doha climate talks

Source: Bangkok Post
Date: 26 November
Excerpt: “Time is clearly not on our side,” Marlene Moses, chairwoman of the Alliance of Small Island States told AFP.

Climate Change Summit Opens Today in Doha

Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: 26 November
Excerpt: The main questions to be answered at the Doha meeting should include the “how” and “what” issues for a second period of commitment for carbon emission reduction. The first commitment of emission reduction ends this year. Discussion will include consideration of the length of the period and presentation of the quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives (QELROs) to which concerned parties are prepared to commit themselves.

Doha climate talks represent ‘golden opportunity’

Source: BBC
Date: 26 November
Excerpt: A statement from a group of over 100 of the poorest and most at risk nations demanded action on this issue.“The Kyoto Protocol is more than a treaty, it is the foundation upon which our multilateral effort to address climate change rests,” it said.”The countries most responsible for the crisis must agree to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol that will deliver genuine benefits to the climate that sustains us all. Currently, what is on the table falls far short of this climate imperative.”

Climate talks resume amid warnings of looming calamity

Source: AFP
Date: 24 November
Excerpt: “Time is clearly not on our side,” Marlene Moses, chairwoman of the Alliance of Small Island States told AFP. “The biggest historical emitters have a responsibility to do more, much more, than they have to date,” said Moses.

COP18 in Doha: Loss and damage

Source: The Daily Star (Bangladesh)
Date: 22 November
Excerpt: This topic was first raised in the negotiations some years ago by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the political group of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which is one of three groups of developing countries which are recognised to be “particularly vulnerable” (the other groups being the Least Developed Countries and Africa).

New Kyoto Commitments Needed Now

Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: 20 November
Excerpt: The attention climate change received in the United States following Hurricane Sandy, which President Barack Obama underscored in his first speech after winning re-election, has raised hopes that the world’s largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases will fully join the international community in tackling the crisis.

AOSIS: Rich countries must up carbon cutting ambition in Doha

Source: RTCC
Date: 20 November
Excerpt: “The most important thing to remember is that launching a work programme on short-term mitigation ambition was central to the agreement that was reached last year in Durban,” Marlene Moses, Ambassador on climate change for Nauru, and current chair of AOSIS told RTCC.

EU finance ministers must step up cash flows to poor countries

Source: EurActive
Date: 14 November
Excerpt: In particular, the EU should be considering the needs of the vulnerable countries with which it formed a newfound and successful coalition in Durban: the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Poor Nations Dismayed By Looming Climate Aid Gap

Source: Reuters
Date: 12 November
Excerpt: Small island states want “scaled-up, new and additional, predictable and adequate climate finance” from 2013, said Samoa’s ambassador to the U.N., Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia.

Nauru Asks UN to Fight Climate Change

Source: Aljazeera
Date: 28 September

Vulnerable Islands Call For Urgent Action Ahead of Doha Talks

Source: RTCC
Date: 28 September
Excerpt: “Climate change is progressing so rapidly, and the current and expected impacts are so alarming, it is absolutely critical that all of the world’s leaders immediately engage in the crisis and begin a serious dialogue about how their countries can specifically begin reducing emissions to the levels science shows is required to avoid a catastrophe,” said President Sprent Dabwido of Nauru, the current chair of AOSIS

Leaders of small islands adopt declaration at UNGA

Source: Prevention Web
Date: 28 September
Excerpt: Last night, leaders from the Alliance of Small Island States’ (AOSIS), a group of 43 low-lying and coastal states that are highly vulnerable to climate change, adopted a Declaration on the sidelines of the 67th United Nations General Assembly that calls for urgent action to address the climate change crisis.

U.N.’s Focus on Middle East Eclipses Other Urgent Issues

Source: McClatchy News Service
Date: 26 September

Excerpt: The tiny South Pacific island of Nauru tried to marshal attention to what it called “a staggering and irrevocable loss of biodiversity and our shared natural heritage.”“This summer, we were treated to a new round of truly terrifying news: Arctic sea ice dropped to its lowest extent in recorded history, shattering the previous record by a jaw-dropping 18 percent,” Nauru President Sprent Dabwido told the assembly. “Some scientists are predicting that the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in as little as five years.”

Ban Ki-moon accuses governments of being willfully blind to dangers of climate change

Source: RTCC
Date: 26 September
Excerpt: President Christopher Loeak of the Marshall Islands said that while his country had little means to fund its climate adaptation efforts, it would do what it could. “The growing realization that, however, wrongful, we must finance some of our own adaptation efforts is perhaps the most compelling reason to rapidly expand our private sector,” he said adding that it was time for more cooperation between the developed and developing world.

UNGA High-level Debate Calls for Cooperation on Climate Change

Source: IISD
Date: 25 September
Excerpt: Stressing that time is running out, Ban underscored that sustainable and green economy options offer opportunities for growth, innovation, jobs and long-term stability.

Poor countries seek to cut CDM access at UN climate talks

Source: Reuters Point Carbon
Date: 3 September
Excerpt: ”Our view, shared by more than 130 developing countries, is that industrialised countries cannot benefit from emissions trading and credits under the Kyoto Protocol if they’re unwilling to commit to legally binding targets,” said Sai Navoti, lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). ”We won’t allow them to walk away, taking only the bits they like,” he told Reuters Point Carbon.

Island nations signal end of Kyoto cash cow

Source: Reuters Point Carbon
Date: 31 August
Excerpt: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) said they would not support the inclusion of projects that cut emissions of the controversial gas in new markets, saying it was “inappropriate” to regulate emissions of highly potent greenhouse gases this way.

Small islands need action on loss and damage

Source: Reuters AlertNet
Date: 30 August 2012
Excerpt: A submission by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) from the earliest days of the talks anticipated this dilemma, and sought to address it by creating a system that would help poor and vulnerable countries manage climate-related impacts.

Storms, drought overshadow UN climate talks

Source: AFP
Date: 30 August 2012
Excerpt:“This meeting opens in the immediate aftermath of a deadly typhoon in the Republic of Korea and a hurricane that hit near New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Katrina — powerful reminders of the urgent need to lower greenhouse gas emissions,” said Marlene Moses of Nauru, who chairs the Alliance of Small Island States. For small islands particularly vulnerable to climate change, “development prospects, viability and survival hang in the balance”, she warned.

Asia’s extreme storm season dominates climate talks

Source: Australia Broadcasting Company
Date: 30 August 2012
Excerpt: “This meeting opens in the immediate aftermath of a deadly typhoon in the Republic of Korea and a hurricane that hit near New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Katrina — powerful reminders of the urgent need to lower greenhouse gas emissions,” said Marlene Moses of Nauru, who chairs the Alliance of Small Island States. For small islands particularly vulnerable to climate change, “development prospects, viability and survival hang in the balance”, she warned.

Vulnerable islands call on Bangkok to “close gaps”

Source: RTCC
Date: 30 August 2012
Excerpt: “This meeting opens in the immediate aftermath of a deadly typhoon in the Republic of Korea and a hurricane that hit near New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Katrina — powerful reminders of the urgent need to lower greenhouse gas emissions,” said Marlene Moses of Nauru, who chairs the Alliance of Small Island States. For small islands particularly vulnerable to climate change, “development prospects, viability and survival hang in the balance”, she warned.

Asia’s extreme storm season dominates climate talks

Source: Radio Australia
Date: 30 August 2012
Excerpt: “This meeting opens in the immediate aftermath of a deadly typhoon in the Republic of Korea and a hurricane that hit near New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Katrina — powerful reminders of the urgent need to lower greenhouse gas emissions,” said Marlene Moses of Nauru, who chairs the Alliance of Small Island States. For small islands particularly vulnerable to climate change, “development prospects, viability and survival hang in the balance”, she warned.

US Criticised on 2C ‘Flexibility” call

Source: BBC News

Date: 7 August 2012

Excerpt: “For many low-lying island states, including my own, that is not a solution – it is a death sentence,” he told BBC News.

Climate: US call for ‘flexibility’ on warming spurs row

Source: AFP
Date: 8 August 2012
Excerpt: AOSIS, gathering low-lying nations in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean, is campaigning for warming to be limited to just 1.5 C (2.7 F), a goal that could only be achieved with far tougher emissions caps than most states currently accept.

U.S. criticized for backing away from U.N. climate goal

Source: Reuters
Date: 7 August 2012
Excerpt: “Marlene Moses, chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), accused Washington of lowering ambition for U.N. climate talks and said it was “particularly disturbing in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the country’s history”

Analysis: Green growth not targets needed for 2015 climate deal

Source: Reuters
Date: 6 August 2012
Excerpt: “Unless there is immediate progress to dramatically reduce emissions we are moving rapidly to a point where we will have to begin a conversation about adaptation and the relocation of vulnerable populations at a previously unimaginable scale,” said Marlene Moses, chair of the Alliance of Small Island States.
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