From the ‘pinch me; I’m dreaming’ dept. this news from the Gulf Times:
Climate Change panel chief says ‘not invited to COP18’
By Bonnie James
Deputy News Editor
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will not be attending the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) in Doha, chairman Dr Rajendra K Pachauri has said.
“For the first time in the 18 years of COP, the IPCC will not be attending, because we have not been invited,” he told Gulf Times in Doha.
COP18 is to be held from November 26 to December 7.
The IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, former vice president of the US and environmental activist, is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. Currently 195 countries are members.
Dr Pachauri first hinted about his ‘anticipated absence’ at COP18, while speaking at the opening session of the International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) on Wednesday at Qatar University.
Later, he told Gulf Times he did not know why the IPCC has not been invited to COP18, something that has happened never before.
I don’t know what it is. The executive secretary of the climate change secretariat has to decide. I have attended every COP and the chairman of the IPCC addresses the COP in the opening session
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But there is more surprise news, from Avaaz.org
Climate leader parties with Big Oil
by Avaaz Team – posted 14 November 2012 11:00
With less than two weeks before the next round of UN climate negotiations in Doha, guess who the president of those crucial climate talks was having a party with? Yes, that’s right, Big Oil chiefs at the Oil & Money 2012 conference in London – a gathering of over 450 senior executives from the fossil fuel industry.
Qatari deputy prime minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, president of the UN Climate Change Summit, spoke yesterday at the oil industry event, extolling the virtues of hydrofracking and other new extraction technologies. His comments came just a day after the International Energy Agency released a report saying that no more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if we’re to avoid planetary disaster.
Attiyah also took the time from his busy schedule to congratulate the climate wreckers days before he’s supposed to rein them in, presenting the petroleum executive of the year award – an honour he received himself in 2007.
What’s going on? Has there been a coup d’etat? Have the UN been ‘given the memo’? Who by??
These developments raise many questions. Not least for our national leaders, who have paid lip service to the IPCC’s ‘scientific expertise’ all these long years. Can they still justify the imposition of taxes and levys on their citizens if the IPCC is now discredited?
What of the Climate Research Unit, which has supplied lead authors to the IPCC? It was noted by BBC presenter Chris Vallance in the ‘Climategate Revisited’ programme put out on Radio 4 recently that they are no longer giving interviews. Are we seeing ‘the consensus’ in full retreat, and the UN cutting it loose?
There is much to discuss in this news.
The US is considering a funnel of substantive elements of the Doha Climate Summit away from the UN framework and into the Major Economies Forum (MEF), a platform of the world’s largest CO2 emitters, EurActiv has learned.
Since 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has provided an umbrella for talks to curb global greenhouse gas emissions, and on 26 November, will host the COP18 Climate Summit in Qatar.
But it has been confirmed to EurActiv that Washington is increasingly looking to shift policy action to the MEF whose members account for some 85% of global emissions, and which the US views as a more comfortable venue for agreeing climate goals.
If the idea gains traction, it could demote the UNFCCC to a forum for discussing the monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions reductions projects, sources say. …
…… The MEF is a successor to the Major Economies Meetings set up by President Bush, and criticised by several governments for undermining the UN process.
Its participants include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Andy Revkin has found an email:
Is @IPCC_ch going to #unfccc #cop18 or not? @GLFT says no. An IPCC e-mail says yes:
Dear Colleagues,The IPCC is organizing a background briefing for media during COP18 on how it operates, and in particular how it produces reports.The briefing will take place on Friday 30 November at 15.00-16.30 Doha time.This background briefing is not intended to generate any stories. It will not give any details of findings of the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), which is still being produced.However, participants will have a good understanding of how the IPCC works when they come to write about AR5, which will appear in four installments between September 2013 and October 2014. This should provide important context for your stories, generate ideas for background material, sidebars and fact boxes, and clear up some of the misunderstandings about the IPCC. The briefing will be informal, and questions are welcome.If you will be in Doha for COP18 and would like to attend, please let us know by sending an email to IPCCfirstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited so it is necessary to register in advance.
Looking forward to meeting you in Doha.best wishesJonathan Lynn
Head of Communications and Media Relations
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