The news from Bali:

  • Teeny-tiny island nations pleaded with delegates for protection and compensation for the impacts of rising seas and other climatic consequences.
  • United Nations climate chief Yvo de Boer expressed hope that delegates would make operational the Adaptation Fund, a woefully underfunded um, fund for helping developing countries adapt to climate change.
  • Delegates set up a working group to establish a calendar for negotiations and to study ways to transfer clean technologies to developing nations.
  • German newspaper Der Spiegel is reporting that the U.S. is discreetly in talks with China and India to derail any binding agreement for emissions cuts.
  • The E.U. delegation urged developed countries to slash greenhouse-gas emissions 30 percent by 2020.
  • Indonesia’s Barnabas Suebu, who was named an environmental hero by Time, spoke at a Greenpeace-organized event on how to stop forest destruction.
  • Eighteen Indonesian youth were detained on suspicion of trying to create an uproar.