Cop 18 – Week 1 & 2 – liveblog

This blog will be covering the Doha talks week for week. 

Monday 26th November 2012 (Day 1)

For the next 2 weeks delegates representing the worlds countries will be trying to fork out a global deal to halt CO2 emissions and bring action on climate change. Well a global deal is highly unlikely at least for now, they have stated that they’re now working to talk on to agree on to agree a deal by 2016 that will come into effect by 2020 even though scientists are telling us that emissions will have to peak by no later than 2016 and if we continue as we are now we are on track to at least a 4 degree warming and possible 6 degrees.

We can again expect US, China, Brazil, India and the EU to be the big players, who would want to dominate proceedings to great frustration to the poorer developing countries.

But is not only delegates that will be in Doha, as well as a series of side events mainly run by NGO’s and the traditional climate change, we will also see business leaders as well as people on both side of the debate trying to influence matters.

While we wait for anything to happen which could take a while let’s have a look at some pre-reaction. Our editorial on what Doha must deliver. The Guardians Fiona Harvey gives this lowdown on what we can expect and Al Jazeera have produced this excellent infographics on the politics of climate change.

Avaaz have this petition out calling for bald and urgent action and a rapid investment in clean technology.

Has China started the war already? Ho Chi Ping, secretary general of the China Energy Fund Committee, a think tank specializing in China-related energy issues has said that China should be commended for their push in clean energy. It seems like an attack of the criticism it receives form their use of coal electricity generation, something that China is increasing year on year. But Ho Chi Ping is calling for their leadership on both hydroelectric and solar along with their conservative approach to nuclear power to be applauded.

13:50 GMT: A Chinese Journalist asked the Cop 18 President, His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah if Doha was a controversial choice due to having the highest emissions per capita in the world, he replied: ”I think we should not concentrate on per capita. We should concentrate on the quantity from each countryComments like this is set to anger developing countries and China too. China is the highest emitter in the world based on size but on capita is long down the list.

14:00 GMT: US deputy special envoy Jonathan Pershing have said that the US do not anticipate that the US will raise their ambition in relation to emission reductions but does say however they’re committed to the two degree limit.

18:50 GMT:  Push Europe’s message for Doha.

22:00 GMT: Blog from Greenpeace USA with the header: ”Listen to the voices of climate change” starts with infographics of binding global extreme weather events together. With it’s core message that while world leaders are meeting to talk about a deal on climate change, the world as a result of climate change are having to deal with it.

Tuesday 27th November 2012 (Day 2)

00:10 GMT: UK’s energy and climate change Secretary Edward Davey have issued a statement saying: “A global effort is needed if we are to achieve our climate goals – we need to pave the way for the new global deal while delivering more action now. Edward Davey will alongside with climate change minister Greg Barker be joining the talks in the second week on the 3rd of December. Full statement can be read here.  

00:30 GMT: The Organization Islamic Relief are teaming up with the University of Birmingham on Thursday eve to hold panel debate with the aim of highlighting the need for climate adaptation programmes to be discussed in Doha stating: ”The number of climate-related disasters increased by an average of 4.1% a year from 1980 to 2010.  In 2010/11, a succession of major natural disasters affected more than 25 million people. There were floods in Pakistan; an earthquake in Haiti and typhoons across the Asian countries of Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Since then, prolonged drought has led to massive food and water shortages across East and West Africa, and there are currently more than 29 million people suffering from chronic malnutrition”.

Islamic’s Relief’s Thursday event


01:00 GMT: Strong statement delivered by the youth organization YOUNGO criticizing the Cop and calling for urgent action in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. 

13:45 GMT: Statement by the Desertec foundation: For the 18th UN Climate Change Conference around 20,000 people from over 190 countries have boarded planes to stay in air-conditioned hotels and produce huge amounts of CO2 all in the name of climate protection. And what is the result of almost two decades of this annual meeting? The world emits more CO2 today than ever before.

Climate protection is a global issue that cannot be solved by one country alone. But the premise of the UN climate conference that the start of comprehensive climate action must depend on the global consensus of all concerned parties brings us to a dangerous impasse. As long as countries believe that further negotiation can bring them economic advantages there will always be delay. What we need is a coalition of the willing committed to funding solutions from which all parties will benefit.

It goes further on to say:
”When it came to saving the banks, politicians didn’t spend years trying to establish worldwide consensus on who should shoulder exactly how much of the burden. Instead, they reacted quickly to put together bailout funds that pumped billions into this struggling sector. Given its existential threat it is even more urgent to find a solution that addresses dangerous climate change, before it is too late”.

And concludes on:

”If the world’s governments wish to take their responsibility to future generations seriously, they need to put their full energy in the immediate financing of the Green Climate Fund. Each euro would pay off many times over, both in terms of climate change, and in terms of development aid and security policy:
The fund would provide the necessary financial support and long-term security to attract investment in renewable energy projects, thus enabling emerging economies to meet their own rapidly growing electricity demand in a carbon neutral way, while creating new industries, jobs and opportunities and ultimately stability for their people. Such investment would stimulate the global economy both in the short term and also provide the basis for long-term growth whilst benefitting industrialized countries through increased demand for their green technologies and services”.

15:05 GMT: If there is something positive to be taken out of the last few years Cop’s it could be that there is growing youth movement, and this year manifesting in the creation of the Arab Youth Movement. And the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition have published an Open letter to Christiana Figueres, stating that the UNFCCC climate negotiations simply does not work.

In related news Anjali Appadurai have reportedly been thrown out of Cop 18 judging by her twitter update: ”ejected from , not by but by UN security, who don’t believe I won’t organize widespread chaos. She made headlines last year with this powerful speech.

15:10 GMT: A mock up video from Norway about UN’s climate negotiations. 

17:20 GMT: Only day one but the frustration seem to kick in with Greenpeace’s Chief Policy Adviser: Ruth Davis tweeting: Grumpy day, with all sides going for a bit of ‘afters’. REALLY hope we don’t need extra time” 

Wednesday 28th November 2012 (Day 3)

10:20 GMT: Newly elected US President Barack Obama, has signed a bill exempting US airlines to pay the EU aviation tax. A tax that has been controversial in countries outside the EU which prompted EU’s climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard to delay it for a year but insisted it would still go ahead. She is clearly not very happy with the latest US announcements stating on twitter: ”Aviation ETS: So far the reelected Pres. #Obama #climate policies look EXACTLY as in first term. Wonder when we’ll see the announced change?” 

10:30 GMT: Reports are out saying that Poland wants to host next years Cop. This could be very controversial and might surprise many as Poland are currently one of only a few EU countries who’s blocking EU climate targets. The most significant legislation they are blocking is to raise emissions reductions from 20% to 30% by 2020, backed by most member states but not Poland.  

11:20 GMT: Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo writes in an Al Jazeera piece that in a year where IEA, the World Bank, CIA, PWC have warned about climate change it’s time putting their words to action.   

11:30 GMT: Unconfirmed sources state that Poland have been confirmed as the host of Cop19. 

11:55 GMT: Poland will be confirmed Cop19 host 12:00 GMT, to coincide with that the UK Youth Climate Coalition is mobilizing a twitterstorm with the suggested tweets to be:

#Poland, we’re counting on you! Lead the world towards CO2 emissions reductions! #Time2Lead #unfccc #COP19 #climatelegacy

Do polish leaders want #UNFCCC #COP19 presidency to push coal industry interests? Prove us wrong! @premiertusk @sikorskiradek @pawelgras  

12:30 GMT: Environmental campaigners are demanding Poland show strong climate leadership to justify that Cop 19 have been awarded to them.

13:10 GMT: The Guardian on the carbon intensity and inefficiency of Qatar. 

13:20 GMT: Brazil are saying that deforestation has hit an all time low. Deforestation is down by 27% a year back according to satellite images.

13:50 GMT: In true Cop style there will also this year be a climate march. Marches will be taking places across the world generally in the second week and normally midway through the negotiations to put that extra pressure on the world leaders. This years date is Saturday the 1st of December. It’s the first time ever Qatar have seen a climate march and there is tensions surrounding it with fears of a mass arrest as the government of Qatar does not allow the government to be criticized, this have prompted Christiana Figueres to warn people from going and respect the culture of the country. Greenpeace has withdrawn from the march.  

14:50 GMT: The chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Change (IPCC), DR. R. K. PACHAURI have addressed the conference saying that the knowledge and findings by the IPCC must drive and define decisions that needs to be taken now to deal with climate change. He goes on to say: 

”On regional impacts, several important findings were put forward in the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4.) For instance, in respect of Africa it was stated that by 2020, between 75 and 250 million people are
projected to be exposed to increased water stress due to climate change. Agricultural
production, including access to food, in many African countries is projected to be severely
compromised. This would further adversely affect food security and exacerbate
malnutrition. By 2080, an increase of 5 to 8 per cent of arid and semi-arid land in Africa is
projected under a range of climate scenarios.

Several abrupt and irreversible impacts were also highlighted in the AR4. Partial loss of ice
sheets on polar land could imply metres of sea level rise, major changes in coastlines, and
inundation of low lying areas, with greatest effects in river deltas and low-lying islands.
Such changes are projected to occur over millennial timescales, but more rapid sea level
rise on century timescales cannot be excluded.
Approximately 20 to 30 per cent of species assessed so far are likely to be at increased risk
of extinction if increases in global average warming exceed 1.5 to 2.5°C above the 1980-
1999 temperature. As global average temperature increase exceeds 3.5°C, model
projections suggest significant extinctions ranging from 40 to 70 per cent of species
assessed around the globe.
The IPCC has assessed that responding to climate change involves an iterative risk
management process that includes both mitigation and adaptation, taking into account
actual and avoided climate change damages, co-benefits associated with several actions,
and addressing issues of sustainability, equity and attitudes to risk. 

The AR4 assessed a range of economically viable and technologically feasible mitigation
options. We found, for instance, that mitigation opportunities with net negative cost have the
potential to reduce emissions by about 6 gigatons of C02 equivalent per year in 2030.
Realising these requires dealing with implementation barriers. Policies that provide a real or
implicit price of carbon could create incentives for producers and consumers to significantly
invest in low-GHG products, technologies and processes.

When I had the privilege in 2007 of accepting the Nobel Peace prize on behalf of the IPCC,
in my speech on the occasion I asked the rhetorical question “Will those responsible for
decisions in the field of climate change at the global level listen to the voice of science and
knowledge, which is now loud and clear?” I am not sure our voice is louder today, but it is
certainly clearer on the basis of new knowledge. I hope the world at large and this august
audience would shape their actions on the basis of scientific evidence on all aspects of
climate change and projections of the future, a future that we are all responsible for.”

The full statement can be found here. 

16:15 GMT: Fossil of the day went Canada, New Zealand and the US. Canada said they would not pay more into green climate fund before new deal is done in 2015.

Canada being awarded fossil of the day.

16:20 GMT: The Arab Youth Climate Movement says that the Arab countries should pledge to cut their emissions. Rem Al Mealla said that the Meena region are feeling the impacts of climate change and some regions are experiencing temperatures topping 50 degrees c.

16:45 GMT: ”You cannot negotiate with nature” Hans Joachim Schelnnhuber of Pottsdam Insitute For Climate Impact Research said when his organization was asked for a view on Cop 18. He said it’s worth fighting for every tenth of a degree and if the EU were to raise their emission targets from 20% to 30%, it was a target that could easily be reached.

17:50 GMT: China and Brazil have called upon developing countries for a $100 billion climate aid roadmap. Both countries said they’re concerned funding will dry up next year. ”We urge developed countried parties to meet the goal of $100 billion by 2020 as committed. A roadmap to scaling up the finance is absolutely necessary.” China’s lead negotiator Su Wei said.

Thursday 29th November 2012 (Day 4)

11:15 GMT: AFP is reporting that Kyoto will eventually be superseeded by a new global treaty of which the bricks would be laid to in Doha if all goes well.

11:20 GMT: The leading NGO voice The Climate Action Network have said at a press conference that country parties have too little to offer and have come to Doha with no space for negotiations and too little to offer and expresses distrust in the Qatar Cop 18 leadership by not being up to the job.

12:05 GMT: More from China’s lead negotiator Su Wei, who have warned about a race against the time to have the draft document ready for Monday when world leaders arrive.

15:30 GMT: The text I mentioned earlier that Su Wei was worried about is the Long Term Co-Operative Action (LCA) text. It appears the text does not really seem to have moved on yet from what was proposed at Durban and next years host Poland seems to be one of the countries standing in the way -meaning that the works is all for the world leaders to do on Monday.

15:40 GMT: On twitter Greenpeace Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo: ”EU leaders must defend a deal with environmental integrity! Continue Kyoto without excess emission rights

Green MEP Jean Lambert: ”Clear message from countries at South Asia mtg: need clear commitments at Doha from developed countries & new money

15:45 GMT: Also on twitter a few tweets starts building up with the hashtag #endfossilfuelsubsidies, could we see a push on this come next week?

17:45 GMT: An intersting read from the Washington Post details the three key issues around the Doha talks and why negotiations are stalling. In a graph from the Guardian it shows where emissions have been falling and where it has been rising. There has been some small reductions in the EU, US and Russia but in the developing world emissions have skyrocketed with China as a clear leader. The article points to the fact that a lot of the emissions have been moved from the western world to the developing world and to account for products made for EU it’s emissions have actually risen by 7%.

18:55 GMT: CNN are reporting a summary on where we are with climate change and impacts, where we need to be and the available solutions. It also touches on the mysterious climate fund of supposedly $100 billion by 2020 to help developing countries deal with climate change. Those money are still to be seen.

19:05 GMT: In a press release by UNFCCC Christiana Figueres warned countries of what is needed to prevent a 2 degree warming: ”Let us remind ourselves again, here in Doha, that international commitments to cut greenhouse gases and deal with the impacts of climate change are higher than they have ever been yet are still not sufficient to prevent the global average temperature rising beyond the 2 degree centigrade target that governments themselves have agreed to” 

Friday 30th November 2012 (Day 5)

13:10 GMT: Christiana Figueres said in a press conference that by Saturday night real progress will have been made and delegates would spend all Sunday go through documents in time for Monday. That is the text that is relating to what was agreed in Durban to agree a global deal by 2015 that will come into effect by 2020. There is an agreement amongst governments that what is on the table is large insufficient and the ambition target will have to be raised. He also clarified in a response to a a question from twitter why is taking so long time that it’s clear and based on several reports that have come out in the last year that the scientists are telling us that we are running out of time in terms of limiting temperature degrees to a two degree warming of which governments have committed to. It takes time because even though governments understand the urgency of the problems they approach if from their national respective which is what they need to do. We have a gap of what science demand of us and the national perspective. She also said that companies are doing as much as they can and there is a lack of public support.

13:35 GMT: Looking at Figueres statements not sure whether it will be received well by developing countries and environmental campaigners namely in the shape of the comment ”Countries are doing what they can”  

13:55 GMT: While countries are talking about doing a deal on climate change one the greatest casualties of warming the melting of the arctic ice sheet just carries on accelerating. Greenland are loosing ice mass five times the volume of the 1990’s and the melting have caused sea levels to rise by 11mm in the last 20 years.

17:40 GMT: Costa Rica’s negotiator Monica Araya has voiced concerns that the key concern as this years talk seem to be to secure another commitment period to Kyoto and highlighted that Kyoto only covers 14% of the worlds emissions. She fears that the what was agreed in Durban that all countries agreed to that a binding agreement need to be reached in 2015. If we don’t move forward with that as well we will run out of time.

17:45 GMT: Quote of the week must go to South Africa who said that the London Olympic’s opening ceremony showed who is really to blame for climate change (the ceremony showed and celebrated the start of the industrial revolution).     

Sunday 2nd of December 2012 (Day 7) 

17:35 GMT: EU climate commisioner Connie Hedegaard have signaled her arrival in Doha with these tweets: ”Arrived in determined to build the new climate regime the world so badly needs ”  

 ”At World Climate Summit 2012: for a resource efficient world, let’s start by phasing out fossil fuel subsidies

18:00 GMT: Yesterday Doha witnessed its first ever climate march with hundreds of people taking to the streets. With chants demanding that world leaders act & Arab it’s time to lead now on climate.

18:25 GMT: Germany’s energy minister Peter Altmaier have said that Europe and Germany must lead in the fight for an ambitious climate change deal, in a piece for The Bild he said: ”The agreed objectives, we create only if industrialized, emerging and developing countries act together and wake up. Europe and Germany must lead it, because we would be most affected by the consequences of climate change’‘.

Monday 3rd of December (Day 8)

10:00 GMT: Greenpeace warns governments to drop loopholes in climate deal. In a statement realeased by the environmental organisation it warned that Europe could loose it’s reputation as progressive in the climate talks. Greenpeace says there is a split amongst EU member states which has overshadowed the first week of talks and that so far the EU position seem to favor the loophole. ”The prospect of catastrophical climate change should change politicians mindset, Greenpeace climate campaigner Martin Kaiser said. It didn’t stop short of it’s criticism of Poland stating that the country is dictating the EU position on hot air. Greenpeace demands a second period of the Kyoto protocol, the only legally binding cap on CO2 emissions to be agreed in Doha.

10:45 GMT: The International Energy Agency (IEA) calls for ending fossil fuel subsidies saying Governments must develop sound domestic policies to encourage low-carbon investment, especially in emerging economies where most energy growth will take place”.  

11:20 GMT: In a list published by the Climate Change Performance Index showing the most climate friendly countries has left the first 3 places empty as it doesn’t think any country is worthy as being in any of the three first places. Leading from number 3-10 you find: Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom.   

11:35 GMT: EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard turning the heat up on US and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies: For every $1 we spend subsidising renewables we spend $6 subsidising fossil fuels. we’ve been discussing ending fossil fuel subsidies for three years or more, now we need to start the phasing out”

12:05 GMT: In a busy NGO day, WWF have come out saying they don’t normally criticized  individual countries, but questioned whether Poland is fit to host Cop 19.  

12:20 GMT: UK’s energy and climate change minister Ed Davey has in a blog post said that even though the startling news on climate change there is reasons to be hopeful stating: if we act we can still avert climate change’s worst impacts. Both the UNEP report and an International Energy Agency report published the week before said that time was running out, but that 2 degrees is still within reach if we can muster the political will.

Second, the international process may be slow, but it is delivering. Since the Copenhagen summit in 2009, countries representing 80 per cent of global emissions have made economy – wide pledges of action. We agreed at Durban last year to work to a 2015 deadline for negotiating a new legally binding global deal, and I believe that it is reasonable to aim for step-by-step progress towards that deal, beginning in Doha.

In addition to agreeing a high level workplan towards the 2015 global deal, I want to see some concrete actions to reduce emissions before that, adoption of a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol with robust accounting and transparency arrangements for those not in Kyoto, and to give developing countries comfort on the continuing provision of finance.

Third, we have seen serious action by many countries, including some of the big emitters. Globe International has reported that legislation is moving forward in all major economies. Brazil has reduced deforestation by around two thirds since a peak in 2004. Korea is spending two per cent of its GDP on the low-carbon economy. China has embedded energy efficiency and renewables targets in its latest five-year plan, and is testing carbon markets in seven of its provinces.

In the UK, our Carbon Budgets provide a clear pathway to our 2050 target of an 80 per cent emissions cut. We are acting on energy efficiency and smarter infrastructure. And I have recently introduced an Energy Bill which will give investors and industry the attractive framework and the certainty they need to deliver the huge infrastructure investment that the UK’s energy sector needs.

As a result, we are on track to meet the milestones set by the EU Renewables Directive and to deliver enough renewable generation capacity to source 30 per cent of the UK’s electricity from renewables by 2020.

In the EU, I will continue to argue next year that going from a 20 per cent emissions cut in 2020 to 30 per cent, adopting longer term targets in 2030, and a renewed focus on the benefits of the green economy will provide the clarity and confidence so many of our businesses are demanding of us”  

18:15 GMT: Former Irish President Mary Robinson yesterday called on US to lead on climate change saying: ”The US “must now increase its ambition in tackling climate change and US president Barack Obama needs to give that leadership”  

23:40 GMT: Head of Brazil’s delegation André Corrêa do Lago have said that countries should not be allowed to transfer unused carbon credits. Russia, Ukraine and Poland all have and abundance of carbon credits but only Poland due to it’s EU membership has committed to a second Kyoto commitment period but have refused to give up it’s carbon credits.   

23:55 GMT: Andrew Simms from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has asked the question if the the London borough of Harringey should be a contender for hosting the climate talks. He cites the example that unlike Qatar the borough have make significant steps in reducing CO2 emissions and have one of the most ambitious carbon emissions plans in Europe. Despite of being one of the most social deprived areas in London they have set a target of 40% reduction by 2020.

Tuesday 4th of December (Day 9)

00:10 GMT: Climate skeptic Lord Monckton was at the conference yesterday desperately trying to find someone who would believe his skepticism. Most people are dismayed by the slow progress of negotiations and it’s hard to imagine they would welcome him with open arm, that did not stop him trying his luck by saying to the UN there has been no global warming for the past 16 years.

00:20 GMT: The BBC are reporting that carbon emissions are already to high and the two degrees target cannot be reached.

14:50 GMT: Former UN climate chief, Ban Ki-Moon, have said there should be a clear plan for climate funding post Doha and developing countries must do more. He also said that richer countries should take leadership in Doha and that the US should be at the forefront of this.

15:00 GMT: UK becomes the first EU member state to pledge climate funding post 2012. UK climate change and energy minister Ed Davey said £133 million would be made available for clean energy and adaptation.

16:30 GMT: Bold address to the Cop by UN climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard: ”Remember: we can bail out banks. We can bail out states. But no one can bail out the climate, if we don’t get our act together.” Also stating that she is becoming impatient, the science is there and we don’t need to wait for more reports before we take action and the reality is that we need to speed up to avoid two degrees.

Wednesday 5th of December (Day 10)

12:30 GMT: More worries about US commitments to a deal as they have cancelled today’s press conference.

12:35 GMT: Climate economist Lord Stern yesterday called for developing countries to make tougher emissions cuts. He said that countries like China and India must wake up to their responsibilities.

12:50 GMT: Interesting news from Lebanon. They said the will achieve 12% of renewable energy by 2020.

23:50 GMT: Denmark and Germany adding their names to the countries who have pledged climate finance following UK’s contribution yesterday.

Thursday 6th of December (Day 11)

12:00 GMT: Oxfam’s Richard Casson guestblogs on ‘A greener life, a greener world’ on Doha.

12:10 GMT: Huffington Post Canada reports that Canada is the country in the developed world with the worst climate policy. We reported earlier about the ‘climate change performance index 2013’ which is what the article refers too and Canada is right at the bottom number 58.

12:20 GMT: Greenpeace International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, has in an open letter to Obama called for the President’s leadership on climate change. He said that the US negotiators said they have a strong position on climate change, but what they say in the negotiating rooms prove the opposite.

12:35 GMT: Norway, UN and Viet Nam announces $30 million for a second phase of UN-REDD project in Viet Nam. The second REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) phase will run from 2012-2015. The pilot project in Vietnam has been successful and has been able to increase forest coverage which in 1990 was 27% to today’s 40%.

16:35 GMT: Two Arab youth activists have been ejected for unfolding a banner calling on Qatar to lead.

Friday 7th of December (Day 12)

09:45 GMT: The EU has agreed and signed up to a second commitment period to the Kyoto protocol. Draft text found here.

12:20 GMT: UK climate change minister Greg Barker have been busy on twitter first stating: ”Just met Korean Env Minister & shared thoughts on how our GIB experience can help them with GCF” And then: ”Just met head of Saudi delegation to to discuss my UK Trade Mission in January and left very excited by big opportuinities” 

12:30 GMT: The Guardian are reporting that talks are stalling over text drafts.

12:35 GMT: Reports are also circulating that talks could extend into the weekend, which can’t come to much of a surprise to regular Cop followers as it happened both in Cancun and Durban and with lack of progress this week that was expected to happen in Doha too.

12:40 GMT: The Philippines delegation have the last few days been in the frontline with a series of powerful speeches of the dangers of climate change. This has happened in the wake of extreme weather currently affecting the country.

 12:45 GMT: The reporting largest protest yet, a flash-mob in the shape of a giant spider being erected have been taking place.

14:35 GMT: Both US and Canada are unhappy with the text and will not sign up as it stands. Though they have not given any details of what in the text they’re unhappy with.

14:40 GMT: China is the latest and the most significant country to declare solidarity with Philippines.

14:45 GMT: More on US and Canada’s stance on the text with US’s climate envoy Todd Stern saying: ”We know text is subject to further consideration,& that’s a good thing. In its current state it’s not acceptable to us” And Canada’s Peter Kent: ”LCA plenary: Cannot be a take it or leave it text, if that is the case, Canada will leave it”

14:50 GMT: Bolivia saying that carbon markets is not a sustainable alternative to solve the climate crisis. Mexico is saying that the text is going backwards and not forward which is being met with applause.

16:00 GMT: Christiana Figueres have said that there was never going to be enough ambition and said policies were underlying behind science but action is lacking.

16:05 GMT: Delegates are asking the Cop 18 president for more time and is waiting to come back this evening and discuss finance which is one of the major stumbling blocks.

16:10 GMT: The President of Cop 18 Al-Attiyah have effectively ruled out extending the talks into the weekend saying that the talks must end tonight.

19:10 GMT: Statement by EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard:
highlighting concern that the EU feel time is running out.

Saturday 8th of December (Day 13)

12:00 GMT: Talks have run through the night, with very little optimism of constructing a deal, a deadline had been set of 3PM (12:00 GMT) local time today which is now, but any deadline who has been set at the two weeks summit has not been upheld.

12:10 GMT: Severeal EU countries have not submitted paperwork confirming they will take part in a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol amongst them UK.

12:50 GMT: The BBC’s Roger Harrabin reports that a deal may be imminent.

13:00 GMT: Reuters shines a light on how bad the deal that looks set to be signed really is. A decision to delay to increase the aid to 2013. No agreements have been made about making tougher emissions cuts. The Kyoto 2 to be extended for eight years, but will be without Russia, Japan and Canada who have withdrawn from it.

13:05 GMT: To put this into perspective this will mean that the countries that’s covered under Kyoto 2 and therefore legally binding to emissions cuts only accounts for 15% of the worlds emissions.

13:10 GMT: Poland seem to in the 13th hour to be backtracking on pledges.

13:35 GMT: Countries have signed up to Kyoto 2.

15:55 GMT: The draft Kyoto text.

16:10 GMT: Russia are furious with the Qatar presidency and says their voice have not been heard.

16:15 GMT: The deal that is being worked on will be called ‘The Doha Climate Gateway’

17:30 GMT: Cop 18 have just come to and end. Kyoto Protocol extended until 2020. Still awaiting news on what was agreed on and signed up to on Doha Climate Gateway.

17:35 GMT: Statements coming out from WWF, Oxfam, Friends of the Earth all condemn the lack of progress in Doha.

18:05 GMT: Greenpeace’s Executive Director Kumi Naidoo: ”We condemn this deal”

18:50 GMT: It seems like The Doha Climate Gateway deal was the Kyoto 2 agreement.

18:55 GMT: As it seems no more developments apart from reactions will come out of Doha we will close down this liveblog for now. If any major developments happens we will of course reopen it. Any thoughts do get in touch.

We’re conducting a poll at our facebook page on what will be achieved in Doha if any, do cast your vote.

Are you in Doha then we would love to hear from you, get in touch on:, twitter: @alorenzen, facebook.

Sources: TckTckTck, The Guardian, Greenpeace, China Daily, Desertec Foundation, Huffington Post, Pottsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, BusinessWeek, AFP, RTCC, CNN, Washington Post, UNFCCC, Irish Times.

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