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Fossil of the Day delivered to Austrian embassy in Washington DC

Amazing photos coming in from Washington DC just now... Fossil of the Day taken to the source, right to the Austrian embassy!

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Fossil Awards Day 2: World's Shame Rains on Ukraine

fossil12_8_1The world's shame rained on Ukraine today as the Eastern European nation was singled out for not just one but two Fossils dishonours. Ukraine swept first place for having the single worst climate target in the world then collected third prize for refusing to tell anyone how it is using its money from selling emissions credits.fossil12_8_1The world's shame rained on Ukraine today as the Eastern European nation was singled out for not just one but two Fossils dishonours. Ukraine swept first place for having the single worst climate target in the world then collected third prize for refusing to tell anyone how it is using its money from selling emissions credits. Second place, for their shameful oil and gas subsidies, went to an association of industrialized non-EU countries known as the Umbrella Group.

FIRST PLACE: UKRAINE
Ukraine wins first place for having the single worst carbon emissions reduction target in the world: a -20% reduction from 1990 levels... which means a 75% increase from current levels. The semi-technical term for this sort of "reduction"--note the quotation marks--is hot air. It's this hot air that was sold to Japan; it's this kind of hot air that is boiling the climate; and it's this kind of hot air that will keep Ukraine and other dedicated emitter in the Fossil rankings until they see the light.

SECOND PLACE: THE UMBRELLA GROUP (Industrialized non-EU countries: Canada, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States and Australia)
A fossil for the Umbrella Group for proposing in this morning's SBSTA plenary that carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects should qualify as CDM projects. The brollies have gotten used to subsidizing the coal and oil industries in their own countries--but do they really have to subsidize the same dirty companies in developing countries too? The CDM should be reserved for projects that move developing countries towards actual clean energy solutions. Umbrella Group, good luck capturing and sequestering your Fossil Award!

THIRD PLACE: UKRAINE
Ukraine wins third--and its second Fossil of the Day… of the day!--for refusing to tell anyone how it is using its money from selling emissions credits. Ukraine has sold Japan €300 million worth of emissions permissions. It's required by its own treaty obligations to explain where that money is going. But when Ukraine's NGOs asked, their government refused to answer. The transparency fight is now in court--but perhaps the shaming power of the Fossil Awards will bring Ukraine's government to relent.

From Copenhagen with love

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Merhilda here!  I'm the deep sea guardian of the Magical Fossils Award Safe. Every evening at 6pm (CET) I come up from the frigid waters of Copenhagen Harbour to deliver the results from the day's super-secret CAN-Int meeting. It's good fun being inside the Bella Center since I spend most of my day sunbathing on a rock, but somehow I never seem to tan even with all the international paparazzi taking photos of me with flash.

Speaking of photos, did you see the wonderful audience at the awards ceremony yesterday evening? Our lovely set was overflowing! :-) Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication in bringing the awards to life.

Until tonight...

From Copenhagen with love,

Merhilda

P.S.- If you'd like to find out how come these countries were the best at doing their worst at the negotiations, please check out our press releases in the media section of our website.

Shock Fossil to Austria, Nordic countries on first day of Copenhagen!

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The Fossil of the Day awards got started with a roar today, with some claiming it to be the largest and most dramatic awards in recent memory. The awards carried some dramatic surprises - although the usual suspects claimed the two lower places, Saudi Arabia and Canada respectively, second place was awarded to Austria, Finland and Sweden for attempting to cook the books and reap unfair gains because of their large existing forests. First place went to ALL industrialised countries - for an overwhelming lack of ambition, as Annex 1 countries seem to be in a race to the bottom as the rest of the world looks on in horror.

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Pictured above is the presenter of the Fossil of the Day awards - Mr. Ben Wikler of Avaaz.org - having a chat with the Austrian delegate. I'm sure we'll see a change of position shortly!

Links:
Press release: http://www.fossiloftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Fossil-of-the-D...
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/europeactionfactory/

Watch this place for local deliveries over the next 24 hours!

Ready to go LIVE in 3..2..1..

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Excited? I am!  We're hours away from the official start of COP15, what many have already dubbed "the most important (climate) meeting of the century".
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Excited? I am!  We're hours away from the official start of COP15, what many have already dubbed "the most important (climate) meeting of the century".

But do you know what delegates, observers and even the UN staff look forward to the most  after a long stressful day of negotiations?

You got it!  The Fossil of the Day Awards Ceremony, everyday at 6:00 pm! We get to call out the "winners" of the day and shame them for blocking negotiations when no one else dares to do it publicly.

In Barcelona, we upped our game by bringing in some outside help... some lost Aliens from Plan(et) B invaded the conference to find "climate leaders". Perhaps they'll find some Climate Leaders in Copenhagen so we can award the first ever "Ray of the Day" award live on location. [caption id="attachment_81" align="alignright" width="300" caption="LULUCFrank of the Planet B Alien Delegation is a big fan of the Fossils!"][LULUCFrank of the Planet B Alien Delegation is a big fan of the Fossils![/caption]

This time, we have so much in store for you! For one thing, "it's gone classy!" as remarked by Mr. Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, as he walked by the booth Sunday morning.  Oh, Mr. Pershing, you only saw the trophies,  you haven't seen the rest of it yet! I won't leak too much, you'll just have to come by the CAN International booth at 6:00 pm or watch us online!

P.S. - If you'd like to join in the movement on a personal level, consider the Fossils Home Delivery Service!

Fossil Home Delivery Service - taking on the bad guys!

During the Bangkok and Barcelona Climate Talks, teams of youth in Berlin and Washington DC got involved in the Fossil of the Day awards on a personal level... by going to the embassies of the winning countries and delivering Fossil of the Day awards to the ambassadors, representatives, security personnel - whoever would take it! The response was phenomenal in Barcelona, as video and photos sent over Facebook came back to the amazed delegates in the conference halls.

33088587Embassy staff are required to report all abnormal events back to their governments, so this has the potential to be really HUGE - imagine the reaction if news that groups around the globe visit 5 Canadian embassies... Or 25! And we have the tools to help you: videos of past deliveries, templates of letters to be delivered with the award, and advance notice of the winners during each day of the Copenhagen conference!

Want to join in? Just join our group on Facebook and stay up to date with the deliveries, and let all your friends know. If you live in a capital city ANYWHERE in the world, or if you know someone who does, you can also join the coordination group. This is where you get things like stickers to print out for the awards, advance information on winners, sample letters and press releases. And of course there is this very website, which will feature the best deliveries from around the world, as well as the official event in Copenhagen.

Let's go out and shame the countries blocking progress in the climate talks!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enUpsU4r_EE

A quick overview of the standings...

With just days to go before COP15, it's time for a quick overview of where things stand after the Barcelona Climate Talks!

Monday
The Barcelona fossil awards kicked off with shock first place for the hosts of COP15 - DENMARK! Awarded to Prime Minister Lars L økke for "spreading confusion and insecurity" and "attempting to downplay expectations for a legally binding framework agreement". That's not the way leaders behave, Lars! Second place went, predictably, to Canada for claiming it would be "irresponsible" to try to achieve 25% reductions as this would reduce annual growth from 2.4% to 2.1%. The horror!

Tuesday
Canada again! This time for claiming "they would not envisage loss and damage [due to climate change impacts] being addressed as part of the objectives on adaptation. Huh? Sometimes you have to wonder what these people are thinking! A dramatic tie came up for second place - USA and Saudi Arabia for respectively saying they didn't think compliance matters and for claiming they "are being asked to pay more than their fair share" - while oil profits are forecast to be four times higher over the next 20 years than the last 20. The gall! The cheek!

Wednesday
Midway through the week, the USA scored their first first place prize for delaying domestic climate change legislation to the point that it could not be completed before Copenhagen. Not to be outdone by their dirty, polluting neighbours, Canada scored a third prize in a row: also for delaying tactics. As recently as September, Minister Prentice was promising a full suite of regulatory policies before Copenhagen, but he announced today that it would be delayed, conveniently until after Copenhagen. This is the third announcement that the framework would be delayed - three strikes, Canada is OUT!

Thursday
Only one winner for Thursday - but it's a big one: USA! Todd Stern, the US Special Envoy on Climate Change, seems to think that science and global warming will wait for his country to sort out which way is up and down - and publicly undermined hopes for a treaty in Copenhagen. All the shame, all the blame!

Friday
Drama ensued on Friday's giant award: The Colossal Fossil. Not due to the (predictable) winner, CANADA as usual, but because Environment Minister Prentice slandered the good name of the Fossil of the Day awards themselves, claiming that "if the price of having strong, capable, tough negotiators at the table is being singled out and given 'Fossil of the Year' awards, then so be it. Bring it on." Presenter Anna Keenan brought it on, and threatened Canada with much more than just awards...

So there we have it! Will the almighty Fossil of the Day awards throw down and have deliveries at Canadian Embassies around the world during COP15? Join the local deliveries group, and be a part of the movement!

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