COP15 update – Island states, space satellites, Google Earth and algae

On Day Three, signs of a rift among developing nations emerged as Tuvalu led a call for a new legally-binding protocol that would sit alongside Kyoto and potentially require deeper emissions cuts. This move is opposed by some of the wealthier developing nations.  An announcement from the Alliance of Small Island States is expected in the morning, so expect further developments.

Today’s programme of side events has a lot of science involved. Check out our pick of the highlights below.

Highlights from the Programme (10 Dec)

(Available live and on demand via webcast)

Official meetings:

10 – 12 Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) – 4th meeting
12 – 3  Conference of the Parties (COP) – 2nd meeting (resumed)

Press briefings:

09:30-10:00 – IUCN: ocean acidification
Asger Jorn Room

09:30-10:00 – Alliance of Small Island States: Status of negotiations
Press Conference Room

10:30-11:00 – World Bank Group: Launch of the IFC/S&P Carbon Index for emerging markets
Press Conference Room

12:30-13:00 – University of California: Trust but verify: why climate legislation and carbon-equivalent trading need atmospheric emission verification to work
Asger Jorn Room

(For those in Copenhagen

Side events:

09:00 – 10:30 – ECONEXUS – Agriculture and climate change: a critical analysis of proposed solutions
Presentations will assess proposed solutions: biochar, GM crops, intensified livestock production, soils in carbon trading, through to agro-ecological farming systems based on enhancing beneficial biological interactions, maximizing biodiversity and building on farmer knowledge.
Liva Weel Room

11:00 – 11:30 – Climate Change Visualization – Dr. Amy Luers, Senior Manager Environment, and Ms. Karin Tuxen-Bettman, Geo Data Specialist, Google Earth Outreach together with Government of Denmark and IPCC.
Climate Change Kiosk – iSeeT@COP 15, Central Hall (Atrium)

12:00 – 12:30 New Technologies for Forest Monitoring -Ms. Rebecca Moore, Manager, Google Earth Outreach together with Government of Denmark
Climate Change Kiosk – iSeeT@COP 15, Central Hall (Atrium)

14:45 – 16:15 – European Space Agency (ESA) – Global monitoring of essential climate variables (ECV)
The side event presents the efforts at ESA and other space agencies to respond to the needs of space-based observation defined by GCOS with the ECVs. Observations from space provide unique information which greatly assists the successful understanding and management of climate change.
Liva Weel Room

15:00 – 15:30 – IGBP Climate Change Index – Ms. Sybil Seitzinger, Executive Director, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) secretariat
Climate Change Kiosk – iSeeT@COP 15, Central Hall (Atrium)

15:00 – 16:30 – Algae: a new tool in the fight against global warming?
In 2009 algae attracted huge investment and large headlines. Could algae be a much needed source of food, fodder and fuel? Leading scientists offer their view on the future of algae.
Bellona Room, Delegation Hall C7

15:00 – 16:30 – Australian policy update on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS)
This side event will provide an overview of the Australian market and the discussions on implementing a national emissions trading programme.
Mount Everest 2 – in the Crowne Plaza Hotel (next to the Bella Center

15:00 – 17:00 – Science, research and international governance of geoengineering
This event will review the science of geoengineering – highlighting that it is no alternative to emission reductions ? identify research needs and possible future utility and explore international governance implications.
Saxo Grammaticus Room

17:00 – 17:20 – Wildlife and climate change: what we know and where we are going
Dr. Camille Parmesan will take about issues surrounding responses of wildlife to climate change. Half of the species globally have changed where they live, tracking a shifting climate. Species will need help to move across hostile landscapes. Grasslands are a carbon-neutral biofuel source. Restoration of native prairie ecosystems will aid movement of species poleward and mitigate climate change.
“…inSide climate change” Solutions Studio – Central Hall (entrance to Media Centre)

20:00 – 21:30 – Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Private sector solutions to climate change challenges in Asia and the Pacific
ADB and TERI will co-host a high level round table to discuss how best the private sector can be engaged to accomplish the goals of a post-2012 climate change agreement.
Halfdan Rasmussen Room