For those interested in keeping abreast of events in Bali the Greenpeace blog will provide the NGO perspective.
Latest documents and reports from Greenpeace HERE.
PDFs are available for the following reports:
Tropical Deforestation Emission Reduction Mechanism - A Discussion Paper
Tropical deforestation and the Kyoto Protocol
Greenpeace briefing: Kyoto and the Bali Mandate: what the world needs to do to combat climate change
How the palm oil industry is Cooking the Climate
What is the IPCC
Greenpeace Briefing: China - taking action on climate change
ChinaDialogue also have an interesting piece called "Why does Bali matter?" by Tan Copsey for anyone still needing a little revision on this topic.
Why does Bali matter?
Bewildered by Bali? Tan Copsey provides a short background to the politics of global warming, Kyoto and why the world is watching the climate talks now taking place in Indonesia.
OK, but what’s Bali all about?
Bali hosts to the thirteenth UN Climate Change Conference. Yvo de Boer, the UNFCCC executive secretary, has said there are reasons to be optimistic about a more far-reaching agreement being reached at the meeting, stressing that the conference would be a “culmination of a momentous 12 months in the climate debate” . A large increase in public awareness of climate change has upped the political pressure for a more extensive accord, and many nations – including prominent EU countries – will be pushing for increased reduction targets.
However, the negotiations are likely to hinge on the positions taken by the US and China, the world’s two largest emitters, whose positions have been highly interdependent historically. Neither nation has agreed yet to binding targets. China needs the US to take the lead in reducing emissions, but the Bush administration has refused to sign up to targets without the participation of developing countries. The likelihood of this impasse being overcome at Bali remains slim.
Negotiations at Bali are expected to focus on extending Kyoto’s central approach, which is characterised by “liberal environmental” economic mechanisms such as emissions trading and technology transfer.
However, issues such as mitigation, deforestation, development and resource mobilisation also will be addressed, and increasingly urgent discussions of climate-change adaptation will take place – reflecting the increased acceptance that climate change is not entirely preventable.