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Eu, Canada and Saudi Arabia accepting their fossils


Mayor Miller of Toronto accepts Canada's fossil



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Day 8: US 1st AND 3rd for Blocking ‘Bunker Finance’ and Sinking Redd

THIRD: US and Colombia
Colombia and the United States received the 3rd place Fossil of the Day award for moving the process backwards on the REDD text. Instead of deleting and merging text, Colombia and the US added and divided text. In the space of one evening, they expanded a 3 page text on REDD to a 7 page text, which led to a chain reaction of text edits and expansion, preventing the text from reaching ministers. Overall, there was a softening in the text–a big step backwards for what has been, up to now, a fairly positive process on REDD at COP15. While we want to get this car into gear, reverse wasn’t the gear we were thinking of.

SECOND: Canada
For lying to Canadians, to negotiators and to the rest of the world, Canada is awarded a 2nd place Fossil of the Day award. Leaked Cabinet documents from Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, show that Canada has absolutely no intention of meeting its 2020 target. Instead, the government plans to fry Canadians and the planet by letting oil and gas emissions rise another 37% above current levels by 2020. The leaked plan is three times softer on big polluters like the tar sands than the government’s last kid-gloves approach. Canada’s promise of an absolute reduction of 3% below 1990 levels – so often repeated to negotiators here – has been revealed as an outright lie.

Canada has seldom filled us with hope at these climate talks, but even we expected better than this pathetic deception. It’s time to start writing climate policy for Canadians and the world, not for the tar sands.

FIRST: United States
After staying clean during all of last week, The United States took home another first place Fossil of the Day Award today. This one is for being the only industrialized country to block ‘bunker finance’ — the idea that you could pass measures that cut emissions from international aviation and shipping (‘bunker fuels’, in the UN jargon), and in doing so raise revenues to fund adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

It’s hard to see what’s not to like in this idea — you tackle the fastest-growing sources of emissions, and turn them into money to help poor countries in the fight against climate change. Over the last few months, every other industrialised country, even Canada, has come around to the idea. It’s high time the US put some long-term finance on the table, and this is one blindingly obvious way of doing so.

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Fossil of the Day presented at the White House!

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Day 7: USA Wins First Place Fossil for Weak Target, No Cash

The USA wins its first Fossil of the COP for two reasons: first, for making absolutely no commitment on long-term financing for developing countries to cope with the impacts of climate change and reduce their own emissions even further, a failure that could sink the talks. Second, because the US–far and away the biggest cumulative emitter of global warming pollution in world history–has among the weakest mid-term emissions targets of any major developed country, a laughable 4% below 1990 levels by 2020. Will US negotiators ignore the interests of their own children and the poorest nations on the planet? Or will they bring the US into the community of nations, rich and poor alike, rising to the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced? US, all eyes on you: is it Hopenhagen or Brokenhagen?

The EU wins second-place Fossil dishonors for failing to address a gaping loophole that undermines its targets: hot air and forest management. Allowing full carry-over past 2012 of Europe’s hot air–that is, targets based on 1990 levels that in fact allow huge increases in emissions–could allow 11 gigatonnes of carbon emissions. Europe’s flagging credibility as a climate leader could crumble completely if this hot air loophole is not closed — and all of the EU member states are responsible.

Saudi Arabia and Canada receive the third place fossil of the day for their respective last and second-last finish in the Climate Change Performance Index released today by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe. The Index evaluates 57 industrial and developing countries who release 90% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Saudi Arabia’s record speaks for itself. Canada only finished second-last because Saudi Arabia received a zero rating for its climate policy! Canada is in the world’s top ten emitters, has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of emissions at 23 tonnes per person, and is 34% above its Kyoto target (which is just a modest 6% cut from 1990). Simply put: on climate change, Canada has performance issues.

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Japan shamed on birthday of Kyoto Protocol
Papua New Guinea pulls in second place


SECOND PLACE: PAPUA NEW GUINEA Papua New Guinea receives today’s second place fossil award for openly opposing the AOSIS proposal for two legally binding protocols. In the COP plenary session, Papua New Guinea spoke out against the AOSIS proposal, which offers the clearest way forward to a fair, ambitious and legally binding outcome to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Papua New Guinea may be a member of AOSIS, but today it acted more like Japan.

FIRST PLACE: JAPAN Yesterday, 11th December, was the Kyoto Protocol’s birthday. But even though Kyoto is growing older, the Japanese negotiators don’t seem to be getting any more mature. At both COP and COP/MOP today, Japan strongly opposed setting a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, blocking progress by refusing the chair’s text as a basis for negotiation.

Japan, don’t abandon the poor birthday girl! We thought the new government would bring change, now we’re wondering if it’s the LDP or the DPJ in power. Perhaps Environment Minister Ozawa, who arrives tonight, can explain why Japan’s negotiators don’t seem to be growing up the way Kyoto is!

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Video: Fossil of the Day # 5

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Swedish Fossil Delivery

fossilsweden In Stockholm, Sweden, representatives of      TckTckTck delivered the Award “Fossil of the Day” to the Swedish Government, Environmental Department. During the presentation the representatives read the background for the reasons why Sweden together with Finland and Austria got second place in the ”Competition”. During the Ceremony Opera singer Anna Eklund Tarantino sang a French Opera aria about nature. The acoustics in the room where the Ceremony took place were splendid and Anna got a round of applause after her performance. Anders Berndes from TckTckTck gave Karin Rappsjö from the Environmental Department the Diplomas and Maria Ferm from the Green Youth greeted Karin to the Award.

Also involved in the ceromony was Goran Folin represantative from Tcktcktck and Friends of the Earth. Magnus Akerlind from Tcktcktck filmed the event and the movie will be on the Internet shortly.

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Fossil 5: Special guest — the Mayor of Toronto — collects Canada’s casket of shame

The Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, in Copenhagen made a special guest appearance tonight to collect first and second place “Fossil of the Day” awards, after NGOs from around the world voted to present Canada with a double dishonour for doing the most to obstruct progress in the global climate talks today.

European leaders had the chance to put their mark on the talks today: by agreeing a more ambitious 2020 target, by putting money on the table longer term, by ensuring short term finance is new money, and by closing EU loopholes like hot air and sinks. Five opportunities for leadership. Of the five, they took… zero.

We’re glad the EU is calling for a legally binding outcome as soon as possible, and we know some countries in Europe are fighting for an agreement worth having. But to seal a real deal at Copenhagen, Europe’s leaders need to lead together–to end their defensive approach, and make a bold move before the final hour of Copenhagen. In particular Germany must understand that other countries will not be inspired by an EU that is holding out on moving forward. Only courageous action will draw out responses. Timidity will draw out Fossils.

Canada’s chief negotiator insisted in a briefing this morning that his country’s target of -3% below 1990 are, in fact, based on science. The price quote–in answer to a question, was: “Yes, Canada’s targets are science-based. Absolutely, yes.”

Last we checked, the IPCC scientific community called for 25-40% emission reductions below 1990 levels. The Fossil Supreme Command Council can only conclude that he wasn’t referring to climate science at all, but rather the science of mathematics–because -3% is, indeed, a number. (Although a very small one.) Speaking of math, Canada already promised in the Kyoto Protocol to go to -6% from 1990 levels. Oops!

Further, when the chief negotiator was asked this morning if he believed Canada’s so called “science based-target” would protect melting summer sea-ice in the North West passage, he responded quite accurately that he is not a scientist and therefore cannot predict sea-ice. Canada, here’s a piece of science you can understand: you’ve won the second place Fossil Award.

It doesn’t get much clearer than this: Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, said yesterday that, quote, “it’s in Canada’s interests to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new agreement.” He didn’t explain whether that’s because he’s scared to face Kyoto’s compliance committee

It also appears that Canada’s environment minister is suffering a serious case of CAN envy. Yesterday, he invented his own prize, the Hot Air of the Day Award, and tried to give it to a Canadian environmental group. It’s a true honor to be recognized for hot air by this government, the world’s acknowledged masters in that area. But even though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we’d be even more flattered if you actually signed on to a fair, ambitious, and binding deal instead of trying to wriggle free of the climate promises you’ve already made and broken.

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