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    Unravelling the nightmarish Gordian Knot of Syria

    Blog | Wednesday, 24 Feb 2016
    The Liberal government has followed through on its campaign commitment to pull Canadian CF-18 fighter jets out of Iraq and Syria.  Simultaneously, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that we will be...

    COP21 Final Blog - Day 13

    Blog | Sunday, 13 Dec 2015
    The morning after 13 days- 3 all nighters… And the Paris Agreement is accepted.  The COP21 decision is agreed.  What does it all mean? I have been working on climate for the last 29 years.   In that...

    COP21 Blog Update - Day 12

    Blog | Saturday, 12 Dec 2015
    Yesterday, December 11th, was a day of suspended animation. So forgive me for not writing my daily blog yesterday. To make up for it, you'll likely get two today. At 5:30 AM Friday the all-night "...

    COP21 Blog Update - December 10

    Blog | Thursday, 10 Dec 2015
    After 5 hours of commentary, complaint and suggested possibilities for compromise, the informal round of talks called an "indaba" broke up at 5 am. If President Fabius (who personally chaired this...

    COP21 Blog Update

    Blog | Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015
    A brief blog today. The talks were mostly off-line – one to one (or rather, one COP president to a larger regional grouping, one after the other). Claire Martin had a not entirely small tragedy as a...

    COP21 – negotiations move behind closed doors - Day 8

    Blog | Tuesday, 08 Dec 2015
    Monday December 7th was the official opening of the High-Level segment.  In the normal rhythm of the COPs, this would have been a big day with ministers of environment from around the world, and the...

    COP21 moves to new phase - Day 7

    Blog | Monday, 07 Dec 2015
    Sunday and COP21 moved to the working groups to review cross-cutting issues.  There were four groups announced by COP President Fabius last night, with another announced today – adaptation.  We also...

    COP21 Blog at mid-point - Day 6

    Blog | Sunday, 06 Dec 2015
    I am amazed. The deadline of having ADP wrap by noon Saturday and send a draft text accepted as a sufficient basis for political negotiation was met. The draft text with the addition of “reflections...

    COP21 Update: Crunch time - Day 5

    Blog | Saturday, 05 Dec 2015
    All around us, Paris is abuzz with empowering, high voltage events (run on renewable energy of course!)  Today Al Gore addressed a group of young people, Leonardo de Caprio and Robert Redford met...