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By Joshua Wiese.

(I am the Project Director of the Global Call for Climate Action's Adopt a Negotiator and Fresh Air projects. Follow me on twitter at JRWiese.)

Monday, April 29
Day 1 of the Bonn Climate Change Conference kicks off
The Doha climate talks opened in the shadow of the shock and devastation of Hurricane Sandy only to be followed by a Category 5 Typhoon, the strongest ever to hit the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao.  

The second session of the ADP opened today in Bonn with Christiana Figueres sharing the news with the assembled that we are about to pass 400ppm of carbon dioxidein the atmosphere, a significant and scary benchmark in the measure of how we're changing the atmosphere.

Despite these real life events, it feels at times that the UNFCCC talks happen in a bubble.  Will these events push policy makers to make 2013 a game changing year for climate action?

This Bonn session is designed as a series of workshops and roundtables and a golden opportunity for Parties to push outside their historical positions as the focus is on information and ideas sharing, not hard negotiations.    

On the 2015 deal, negotiators need to make positive contributions and keep their eye on the elements, milestones and decision points that take us to a successful conclusion in France in 2015.    

On pre-2020 ambition the least developed countries stand at the ready to develop their economies in a low carbon way, but they need the technical and financial assistance of the historical emitters to help them get there.

Both Climate Action Network and the EU made interventions today, speaking of the need for an "equity spectrum".  Equity, as we noted earlier, is the key to unlocking ambition. So this is a critical discussion in the week ahead.

We will be looking for positive signs from all countries, but observers are keen to see a change in the U.S. tone and positions that have dominated over the past couple of years. This will be the first time the U.S. negotiators have appeared at the UNFCCC since the change in leadership at the U.S. State Department.

Early days in Bonn, too early to make any calls on how the talks will fare.

From our partners

2 Big Issues To Watch At This Week’s Bonn Climate Talks
WRI climate policy expert Jennifer Morgan lays out what she sees as the 2 biggest issues to watch this week.

UN climate process primed for final tilt at global emissions deal
Ed King has an in big piece on RTCC mapping out the underlying dynamics and drivers that will shape this round of negotiations.

Doha deadlock on climate finance can be broken next week
Oxfam is calling on governments to move quickly at this year’s first UN climate change meeting to plug the gaping deficit of funds to help developing countries adapt to climate change and lower their emissions

From our Negotiator Trackers
We have a few photos that give a sense of the atmosphere inside the conference center. Here are a few of our favorites and here's our full collection.

Sebastien Duyck (virtually) sat down with Joshua Wiese in a Google+ Hangout to debrief on the day and dig into expectations for the week. You can watch Monday's video chat < /a> and tune in to Tuesday's conversation live at 7pm CET tomorrow on the Adopt a Negotiator website.

We've also uploaded some of the crucial daily documents for following the talks, including first and foremost, CAN International's ECO newsletter.

From elsewhere on the interwebs

China becoming global climate change leader: study
China is rapidly assuming a global leadership role on climate change alongside the United States, a new study said Monday, but it warned greenhouse gas emissions worldwide continue to rise strongly.

A new opportunity to increase ambition in the UN climate talks
Mattias Söderberg is blogging with cautious optimism on the Climate Change Media Partnership website,

Bonn climate talks kick off with stark warning over dangerous carbon threshold
Business Green is framing the talks in the same light as many of the rest of us - mounting pressure, dubious benchmarks and pressing need for action.

Cool heads needed in Bonn for five-day talks on climate change
The Irish Times asking whether this one week session on the 2015 climate deal's 'scope, structure and design’ can get negotiations back on track?

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  •  posted this for Josh ... Great recap (8+ / 0-)

    of news leading into the Bonn talks and the 'cautious' optimism re tides shifting towards possible little breakthroughs.

    Welcome GCCA to posting at Daily Kos:)

  •  Thanks for the update Josh (3+ / 0-)
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    It'll be interesting to see if anything comes of this. Seems like the "equity spectrum" is key to it all, but I'm wondering what's different this time that we should expect the developed nations, esp, U.S., to make any concessions in that area? It'll be fascinating to see if the Kerry State Dept will take a different path to these negotiations, and of so, how?

    Please keep us posted.

    Ecology is the new Economy

    by citisven on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:25:28 AM PDT

    •  Tom Athanasiou rocking the #equity spectrum (2+ / 0-)
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      Tom will be reporting from Bonn  here's a storify ..

      As the UNFCCC considers how to make climate action fair for countries with widely varying resources and responsibilities, CAN member Tom Athanasiou delivers a strong call for an equity review alongside a science review as part of the UNFCCC process during the first day workshop.
      Follow #ADP2 on Twitter for news on this issue.
  •  The New Carbon Bubble Report (2+ / 0-)
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    Tom Athanasiou, veteran of climate negotiations since Johannesburg, will be keeping us informed on the Bonn Talks ...

    Here's an excerpt from The new Carbon Bubble report

    All we have to do is decide to not commit civilizational suicide – and the markets crash!

    The first Carbon Bubble report, released a few years, was a very big deal. It told us that the whole “peak oil” trope was just wrong, that the real name of the problem was Unburnable Carbon. And it led Bill McKibben to publish his fabulous Rolling Stone article. And then came the Do the Math project, and the whole carbon divestment movement. Definitely a very big deal.

    And now comes the second Carbon Bubble report, Wasted Capital, which was just released. It’s Phase II of the project and, far from being a rehash, it’s proof that the fundamental approach is sound. In fact, it’s huge news. Lord Stern (of the Stern Review) is now fronting. The modeling has been fine tuned, and now shows – among other things – that Carbon Capture and Sequestration is extremely unlikely to save our bacon. There’s an im proved geographic analysis which shows just how hard the Carbon Bubble is going to hit the emerging economies of the developing world. There’s a huge amount of evidence that, not just stars like Jeremy Grantham but mainline financial analysts around the world are taking the argument on-board, and in a big way. There’s even a bit of speculation about how this is all going to interact with new round of the climate negotiations, which will reach their (next) crisis in the winter of 2015, six years after Copenhagen.

  •  in a nutshell recap of Doha (2+ / 0-)
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    Countries decided in Doha to finalize the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, wrap up a series of decisions on the Bali Action Plan, and outline a plan to establish an international climate agreement by 2015. Countries will gather this week in Bonn, Germany, for the first formal conversations since the Doha meeting. from wri

  •  from C. Figueres 45 min out. (2+ / 0-)
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    citisven, RunawayRose

    @jschmidtnrdc: "Five reasons we need a new global agreement on climate change by 2015" (and there are more!) http://huff.to/...  #ADP2

  •  #ADP2 Mary Robinson Foundation (2+ / 0-)
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    Threatened small islands call for "concrete" climate action #ADP2 http://www.trust.org/... … v

  •  cochairs conclude day 2 (2+ / 0-)
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    @CFigueres @UN_ClimateTalks want inputs on the design of #post2015 agenda & how to accelerate #climateaction http://bit.ly/...  #ADP2

  •  ADP2 defined (2+ / 0-)
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    The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2) is taking place from 29 April -
    3 May 2013 at the World Conference Center Bonn, in Bonn, Germany.

  •  participate and promote Bonn Talks (2+ / 0-)
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    from GCCA:

    Hi all

    As you now, the UN climate talks have entered their next round in Bonn yesterday. Now the co-chairs of the two negotiating tracks (one on raising ambition before 2020, the other on designing and agreeing - by 2015 - a treaty that manages climate action after 2020)  want to hear from you, even if you are not there in person.

    During an event on Thursday, you can make submissions on some key questions for negotiators as they move forward, and these submissions - weyhey - don't have to be loads of pages full of gobbledygook, but they can come as a tweet, short and sweet.

    Apparently there'll be all sorts of people in the room asking questions and making suggestions, but people from around the world can address the co-chairs via Twitter, and the tweets will be projected on the wall in the room. If you want to have a say and throw a good idea in the mix via Twitter, read on:

    It all happens this Thursday, 2 May, from 13.15 to 14.45 Bonn time / Central European Time. The two burning questions the two co-chairs will raise and need answers to are these:

    1. What are the central elements and key design aspects for an ambitious, fair, durable and effective 2015 agreement that mobilizes national action? and 2. How can we catalyze action and how to build a practical results-based approach to increasing pre-2020 ambition?

    These questions correspond to the two negotiating tracks mentioned above, and are discussed amongst governments at the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn this week, at in-depth workshops and round-table forums.

    According to folks at the UNFCCC Secretariat, this year governments are moving from a conceptual phase to a content-forming phase in preparation for a ‘text-forming’ stage in 2014.

    Important to know in this context: This conceptual and content-forming phase is the phase at which observers like you can make a difference. Once governments reach the text-forming stage in 2014, there will be less scope for civil society to engage in the design of the agreement, the UNFCCC folks think.

    The note describing the event in detai

    page with the instructionsfor how to engage via Twitter

    If you wanted to help promote this in advance of the actual event, you could use this tweet: "Wanted: Inputs from stakeholders on design of 2015 global agreement + how to accelerate pre-2020 #climateaction http://bit.ly/...  #ADPchat"

    A Facebook post that could be shared is here:

    Happy tweeting and influencing!

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