Wednesday, 30 May 2007



Anyone should now be able to comment on this blog. You don't have to register.

Sorry it's taken me so long to work that out.

Friday, 18 May 2007

It goes on


Still in Bonn, but just about to stop negotiating and start cycling. The weather was regnerisch but now it is beautifully sunny and I can't wait to get on my bike and head up the Mosel.

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Politics, again


This is no time to be smug, especially about events that will end with the deaths of many people, but it's all so bloody obvious.

1 - The USA encourage Ethiopia to invade Somalia and destroy the Islamic Courts (with tactit approval from the EU, who I didn't see opposing the intervention). Result? Relatively peaceful Somalia is plunged back into civil war.

2 - Musharraf (our man in Pakistan) is the next Saddam.

Meanwhile, the developing world think that Zimbabwe is a suitable country to chair the Commission for Sustainable Development.

Saturday, 5 May 2007

What I am up to?

Incidentally, if you were wondering what I was up to, the Summary for Policy Makers of the 4th report of Working Group to the IPCC (pdf file) may assist. The words "across different economic sectors" on page two are mine, I think. And there are a few commas in there that owe their existence to me.

I'm probably not allowed to say anything political about the report, but I can say that all the delegates and authors seemed pretty happy when it was finished off on Friday morning, which implies (to me, at least) that we got a good report, the full text of which will be online later this year.

Off to Bonn tomorrow, for UNFCCC negotiations. Unlike the IPCC negotiations, which are basically scientific and technical in nature, the UNFCCC process is political. Should make for an interesting two weeks.

What am I listening to?

Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

Sidewalk Dances by Moondog (arranged by Joanna MacGregor)

Blue by Joni Mitchell

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Working for the man


In Bangkok at IPCC Working Group 3 meeting to finalise the third volume of the 4th Assessment report (Full WG1 report and WG2 summary are already out). It's 12:40am and we are still arguing about content. Due to close at 2am. We won't finish the report tonight. In fact, I don't imagine we won't get much, if any, sleep tomorrow. Discussions expand to fill the space available to them, and we don't have to finish until Friday morning.

Bangkok is a cool city. I have met all 13 million citizens yet and I've only seen a small fraction of the city (and I doubt I'll see much more, stuck in this conference hall as I am) but I'd say it's pretty good. Lots of Buddas.

Don't ask me how I fell into the boat.