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Q&A: Ecological Crisis: Next Challenge for World Social Forum

Ten years after its founding, the World Social Forum (WSF) has come to represent a rallying point for activists and grassroots groups committed to shaping an alternative world view.

"It is very important that we have this space for all of us to come together and shape a vision that reflects our concerns," says Nicola Bullard, a senior associate of Focus on the Global South, a Bangkok-based think tank championing issues that matter to people in the developing world. "We have been able to build our own discourse, our own thinking, our own legitimacy."

The Story of Cap and Trade

A new film, The Story of Cap and Trade, released last week on the internet illustrates the profit motives and flawed logic that are behind carbon trading schemes. In ten minutes viewers are given a simple tour of the flawed insight behind this approach, and why we must all work to oppose it.

It's amazing that as we struggle to get our hands around the current financial crisis, the recipes and schemes that precipitated the global economic downturn are being championed in Copenhagen this week as a core strategy to tackle climate change.

Factbox: Key issues on the table at Bangkok climate talks

Delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bangkok are trying to whittle down a complex negotiating text that will form the basis of a broader global pact to curb the pace of climate change.

The two-week talks are crucial because negotiators have very little time to trim the options and alternative wording proposals in the 180-page text with just over two months to go before a Dec. 7-18 climate meeting in Copenhagen.

Following are some of the main issues being discussed in Bangkok.

Copenhagen Update: What is in it for Thailand?

The global climate change negotiation, known as COP15, or the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will take place in Copenhagen the end of this year. The meeting aims to ambitiously complete part of the 2007 Bali Roadmap, among others, to come up with a new comprehensive protocol to replace the Kyoto Protocol, produced in 1997 as a legal-binding treaty under the UNFCCC. It is a race against time as the Kyoto Protocol is set to expire in 2012.

Dangers seem to be hidden and would appear as a true challenge between now and December. I strongly believe that a Plan B is needed to ground and ensure measurable actions of developed and developing countries alike. Disappointingly, the present stall in climate and trade talks may hamper the required stabilization of GHG levels at the level more than 80 percent below current levels, for which Kyoto Protocol has already fallen short.

Bangkok Post Editorial: Waking up to climate change

Bangkok Post

The latest report on climate change by the Asian Development Bank deserves more than the usual one-day media attention that most such studies rightly receive. It may have a ponderous title, but The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review is not just a quick shot across the bow of this problem. Neither the alarmists nor those in denial will find much to back up their shrill arguments in this reasonable and moderate book.

Bangkokians emit CO2 as much as New Yorkers

Bangkok residents produced as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as New Yorkers and surpassed Londoners in their emissions. Both Bangkok and New York emitted 7.1 tons per capita in 2007. Bangkok's emissions were higher than that of London's residents, at 5.9 tons per capita, according to the Bangkok Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009, released today.

In 2005, Bangkok's total emissions of 43m tons almost equaled London and surpassed Toronto (44m tons and 24m tons, respectively). As rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), such as carbon dioxide (CO2), are primary contributors of warming temperatures, the likely consequences on the city, already prone to flooding and land subsistence, will be severe. Bangkok and its suburbs are already experiencing more severe and frequent flooding and more days with temperatures beyond 35 ํC.

New proposal to break rich-poor deadlock

Amidst volumes of suggestions to break the deadlock between the rich and poor nations over who should cut more carbon emissions, a new proposal launched yesterday in Bali by a coalition of European and US research and advocacy groups was immediately seen a viable options worthy of discussion.

The report “the Right to Development in a Climate Constrained World” proposed that the burden for climate change reduction be spread across all countries, but in a manner that respects the level of individual wealth or poverty within each country when allocating responsibility.

For example, the United States, though currently responsible for about 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, would be responsible for 34 percent of reductions, at a cost of about US$780 per year per tax payer. Thailand, which is responsible for about one percent of global emissions, would be responsible for 0.5 percent of global reductions, with a per taxpayer cost of about US$50 per year.