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Planetary climate agreement: what does it mean for Tibet?

GLOBAL AGREEMENT ON WHAT DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE: FUTURE IMPACTS ON TIBET #1 in a blog series of 3 Around the world, everyone was relieved that the negotiations in Paris in December 2015 finally produced agreement on what, as a … Continue reading

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THE GLOBAL CARBON MARKET: INVESTING IN TIBET?

THE GLOBAL CARBON MARKET CONTEMPLATES INVESTING IN TIBET: A GUIDE TO THE NEW JARGON #2 in a blog series of 3   If the world arrives in Tibet, announcing corporate investment in carbon capture on the Tibetan Plateau, it will … Continue reading

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ENDING POVERTY IN TIBET BY RELOCATING THE TIBETANS

CHINA’S PLAN TO SAVE TIBETANS FROM TIBET #3 in a blog series of 3 The world now has a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At a UN session in September 2015, all governments, including China, formally adopted these … Continue reading

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Saving Tibet from the Tibetans; saving Tibetans from Tibet

  Tibetans live in Tibet, to state the obvious. NonTibetans struggle with the altitude and extreme cold of the Tibetan Plateau, and a diet that has little to offer beyond fatty meat, dairy products and barley, surely conducive to heart … Continue reading

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CHINA IN PARIS: IMAGE AND REALITY

  CHINA FIRES UP CLIMATE TALKS In the first days of the Paris global climate treaty negotiations, China had a dream run, no longer the villain obstinately undermining any agreement, as happened in 2009 in Copenhagen, the last time the … Continue reading

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VOICES OF THE HIGH GROUND

HOLDING CHINA TO ACCOUNT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE When you talk with European diplomats about China and climate change, they sigh. Not only have China’s fast rising emissions negated all of Europe’s efforts at cutting emissions; China berates Europeans who raise … Continue reading

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TIBET IN PARIS

TIBET AS CHINA’S BARGAINING CHIP IN PARIS As the global climate negotiations get under way in Paris, the planet awaits its man-made future. The Tibetan Plateau, not a net contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, also awaits outcomes from Paris, knowing … Continue reading

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PITCHING TIBET, IN A NEW KEY

At the European Parliament on 16 November, at the European Union Diplomatic Corps (EU External Action) on 19 November, at the Belgian Foreign Ministry 19 Nov and the French Foreign Ministry 20 November, I had opportunity to pitch the case … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION ON THE THIRD POLE

A BRIEFING FOR MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, BRUSSELS, 16 NOV 2015   BY GABRIEL LAFITTE At a time when we are preoccupied with immediate dangers, it is wonderful to find an audience willing to consider the long term. All … Continue reading

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TIBET’S ABRUPT ENTRY INTO THE ATOMIC AGE

CONFLICT MINERALS OF TIBET: #4 IN A SERIES: URANIUM This series of blogs highlights the specific minerals extracted from the Tibetan Plateau, despite the protests of Tibetan communities determined to protect their livelihoods, sacred mountains and pilgrimage routes. This series … Continue reading

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