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英国驻华使馆气候变化参赞康大卫

 
 
 

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气候行动的强大事实  

2010-02-02 11:17:03|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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在我之前的博文里,我曾提到英国政府在中国有一个专门涉及气候变化的外交小组网络。看这儿,这些眯眼看着北京冬日明亮阳光的就是我们所有网络成员。

气候行动的强大事实 - 康大卫 - 英国驻华使馆气候变化参赞康大卫
这张照片是上周初所有在华英国政府员工与外交官年会上照的,他们的工作就是在有关气候变化、能源和低碳发展方面,与中国建立伙伴关系并开展联合项目。可以说的有很多。我们分布于北京的英国大使馆及重庆、广州、上海和香港总领事馆的小组目前与中国合作的有20多个气候变化和能源项目,这些项目大多数都得到了英国外交与联邦事务部“战略项目基金”的资助。我们来自英国国际发展部在华的同事与来自瑞士的联合资助同事,与中国一起合作,致力于联合研究适应气候变化的重要项目。在华的英国文化协会与中国政府有一个旨在促进公众对气候变化理解的重要活动。Vivien Life(前排,居中)从伦敦前来加入我们,讨论此次重大合作的各方面以及如何开展合作,她是外交与联邦事务部新任气候变化与能源小组(Climate Change and Energy Group)组长。

当然,近来英国与中国有着重大的不同意见,包括在哥本哈根谈判的各方面,这不是什么秘密。英国该做的是思考这些发展。同样明确的是,基于长期在实践和技术领域的合作,英国和中国在气候变化以及许多其他问题上已经建立起了良好的基础关系。加强这种基础关系是我们此次北京会议的主题之一。

另外一个主题是气候科学的潜在力量。反对在气候变化上采取行动的集团,多年来一直企图破坏将排放与气候变化相联系的科学证据基础。在哥本哈根峰会之前,我们不可避免地会看到更多这样的反应。最近,一些关注点被减弱了,比如,关于东安格利亚大学气候科学家处理数据,关于联合国政府间气候变化专门委员会质量控制程序,现在正在接受有关部门的调查。毋庸置疑,这些案例给我们上了重要的一课。

但是,让我们记住将温室气体排放与气候变化相联系的证据体系是庞大的。我们应该继续期待,事实上是需要来自气候科学的最佳证据,这些最佳证据要不断增长,以致足以接受在目前已经是一个庞大的知识依据中存在着一小部分瑕疵,而这些瑕疵不能对整体可信度造成破坏。

Strong case for climate action

In my last blog I mentioned the UK government's network of diplomatic teams in China specialising in climate change. Well, here, squinting into a bright Beijing winter sun, we all are.

The photograph was taken earlier this week at an annual meeting of all UK government staff and diplomats from around China whose job it is to build partnerships and run joint projects with China related to climate change, energy and low-carbon development. There was a lot to talk about. Our teams at the British Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong are currently engaged in more than 20 climate change and energy projects with Chinese partners, most of them funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Strategic Programme Fund. Our colleagues from the Department for International Development in China, with co-funding from Switzerland, are working with China on a major programme of joint research into adaptation to climate change. And the British Council in China has a major initiative with the Chinese government aimed at promoting public understanding of climate change. Joining us from London to discuss the full range of this significant collaborative effort and how to develop it, was Vivien Life (front, centre in the photo), the new head of the Climate Change and Energy Group in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

It is no secret of course that the UK and China have recently had significant disagreements, including over aspects of the Copenhagen negotiations. It is right that the UK should reflect on these developments. Equally, it is clear that on climate change as on many other issues the UK and China have built a good underlying relationship based on long-term cooperation on practical and technical matters. The strength of that underlying relationship was one of the themes of our Beijing meeting.

Another theme was the underlying strength of climate science. Groups opposed to action on climate change have been trying for years to undermine the scientific evidence base linking emissions to climate change. It was inevitable that we would see more of this in the run-up to Copenhagen. It is right that some of the concerns that have been flagged recently - about for example the handling of data by climate scientists at the University of East Anglia and the quality-control processes of the UN's IPCC - are now being examined by the appropriate authorities. There will no doubt be important lessons to learn from these cases.

But let's remember that the body of evidence linking greenhouse gas emissions to climate change is colossal. We should continue to expect - and indeed demand - the best from climate science, while being grown up enough to accept that a few imperfections in a few small parts of what is now a vast edifice of knowledge do not discredit the whole.

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