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Don’t forget your bathing suit

Posted on 03. Dec, 2010 by admin in COP16, Uncategorized

…we are going to the climate talks! Spire is in place in Cancun and we can immediately say that if there is anything that is changed from Copenhagen – it must be the weather.

Of course they didn’t manage to agree on a global climate deal with the snow icing in their faces, the sour Copenhagen wind and minus degrees that just kept on coming. Global warming – hah!

Maybe this was the reason why the secretariat decided to place the next climate meeting here in Mexico. In spring-break-city Cancun the temperature is close to 30 degrees (celcius) – hot sun and zero wind. A better climate for a climate deal?

In Copenhagen it was too cold outside, but too hot inside. In Cancun it’s the total opposite. The Mexican hosts are “walking out of their shoes” (Norwegian expression for making a big effort…) to make everything as comfortable as possible for us lucky 16000 accreditated. Maybe a bit too much. After a sweaty bus ride from the city centre – we go straight into ice cold aircondition. In other words: I can see a wonderful cold coming in the end of the week – at the latest.

One thing is for sure. The Mexicans are mastering the indoor temperature. Question is if they will master the outdoor one.

If we should let the dress code measure the ambition level – it doesn’t look very optimistic. The official package from UNFCCC says:

“Considering Cancún’s warm climate, the host country and the Secretariat have excepted the use of formal attire for their representatives. Consequently the dress code during COP16/CMP6 will be informal.”

And the Norwegian delegation plays a progressive role as always (and here from their information package):

Weather conditions
Cancun has a tropical climate: warm and with relatively high humidity. The average temperature in December is about 25 degrees. The stormy season is from May – December – so we can get bad wather. But most likely we will get sunny days in Cancun. Bring your swim costumes!

And not enough with bikinis. The delegation has reserved rooms in the hall named Tequila.

So then I just miss my sombrero!

Hasta la vista baby, let the climate talks start.

Published on Bistandsaktuelts pages 29.11.2010. See the original post here.

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