Nov 20, 2010
This is a well thought out idea that addresses the main reason for deadlock in climate-related negotiations. Thank you for this thoughtful contribution to the debate. The role of BASIC in bridging this gap will be important.
Nov 22, 2010
looks great. Am well impressed.
Nov 29, 2010
Congratulations on winning the People's Choice Award as well as the Judges Choice Award!
Jan 15, 2011
I was wondering if there are any scholarly publications about Regional Mitigation Clusters. Although forming clusters seems like a good idea, it seems like it would be difficult for countries to self-organize into those clusters. What if some nations preferred to be clustered with someone else that they have better bilateral relations with? I don't think the actions section of this proposal accurately portrays the expected emissions reductions of the different nations. If the benefit from clusters is that some nations can reduce more than other nations as long as the cluster reduces 50%, then that implies that either developed nations are expected to reduce more or developing nations are. I suppose it might just mean that reductions are evenly distributed between developed nations and developing nations, but then it seems like you don't really need RMCs. From the written proposal, it sounds like the expectation that most of the emissions reduction will come from the developing nations. This is based on the activities of RMC's being focused on "a) cleaning up polluting industries in developing countries and b) innovative forest conservation and management." However, per capita emissions in developed nations is known to be much more than developing nations, so this doesn't seem to be fair.
Jan 15, 2011
The MIT Composite model uses 2005 emissions levels as the baseline. In the written proposal, the goal is to reduce emissions 50% from 1990 levels. In 1990, the global CO2 emissions was about 21563 tons so a 50% reduction from 1990 levels is about a 61% reduction from 2005 levels. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0776146.html http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/emis/tre_glob.html
Jan 17, 2011
Judge's comments: Judge 1: Adaptation idea interesting; don't think groupings work for mitigation. Judge 2: I thought this proposal was the most creative and directly aimed at the issue that has foiled climate treaties in the past. I liked breaking down the past negotiating partners and making a different coalition that crossed the N/S divide. Decoupling adaptation builds on some of what was on the table in Copenhagen. Judge 3: In principle, one would need a mix of mitigation and adaptation. Adaptation (and REDD) might be easier to get started on, as the proposal rightly points out. The Regional Mitigation Cluster (RMC) is a great idea though one might need more clusters for effective action. It is also difficult to justify a 50% reduction target for every cluster. One weakness is that it is unclear how an agreement on adaptation can be reached. The RMC idea is novel
Aug 18, 2011
The proposal is rather original with the advantage of beginning with the easiest way to reach a consensus (agree on adaptation first and continue with mitigation). I like the grouping approach. It sounds great and profitable to least developed countries that will suffer most from climate change while being those who emit less greenhouse gas. Mamadou