Alex Meredith

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The annual summit of the UNFCCC (the international body charged with coming to agreements on action against climate change) has ended with some progress.  Rejoice! The commitment from developed nations to compensate the developing world for ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change is a positive step.  It hard-wires the repayment of the ‘climate debt’ owed by the industrialised global ‘north’ to the developing global ‘south’ into the negotiating text.   What it… Read More

I have only ever attended on UNFCCC summit  – in 2009 when I travelled by train to Copenhagen to protest and push for action.  The experience and the outcome were disappointing, demoralising and made me vow never to attend again.  Since then I have never felt I was missing out.  Until now. John Vidal of the Guardian has reported an extraordinary moment in the main chamber in Doha today.  A senior Filipino… Read More

With in-trays still jammed with the Energy Bill and a big announcement on gas expected today, energy policy-makers have had a busy week domestically.  Now to take on the rest of the world…. Ed Davey arrived in Doha today with optimism thin on the ground.  A comprehensive deal seems as remote as ever and his  ability to exercise as much influence as his predecessor in pushing negotiations forward was considered doubtful. Yet… Read More

Tony Blair arrived back in the UK to thrust his well worn stick into another bee’s nest issue over the weekend – this time Europe.  I hope our leaders were listening.  Blair’s cosy relationship with Europe may not have been the handbag swinging that would have pleased everyone, but it is the right way to ensure the UK’s voice was heard in our biggest trading block.   Blair is bringing the right… Read More

Trying to thrash out a climate deal in a city built on oil and gas is like debating drugs policy in Afghanistan.   That is; a good idea.   The sight of a few LNG vessels pulling away to deliver vital gas supplies around the developed world should bring a touch of realism to proceedings.  But there is unlikely to be any day-dreaming of grandstanding this year in any case.  Europe has made clear… Read More