Top Line: After a week of Climate Talks in Bangkok, we’re left with a trimmed down version of what the Paris Rulebook might look like. But many options are still up in the air.
“They are still debating when these NDCs should be implemented instead of acting now,” a delegate from the Philippines told Climate Tracker. Delegates will be spending a late night tonight trying to move the issue forward.
Adaptation Communications: After some funny discussions with African and AOSIS negotiators working on this, we’re at the Schrödinger’s cat stage of of negotiations.
What that means: We have finally made what seems like ‘progress’ on how we record Adaptation actions, after lots of delays. But it all depends on what happens on the NDC conversations (which are more mitigation focussed). Translation: If they go well, we might have text that’s close to ready for COP24. If not, they might just toss it out, and forget this week ever happened.
Kind of like Chris in his early 20’s.
Note: Some of the issues addressed are how countries should be reporting on their efforts to adapt to climate change, how stringently the finance for adaptation should be reported on and whether communications should be kept in a registry together or separately from mitigation communications.