The Doha climate talks opened in the shadow of the shock and devastation of Hurricane Sandy only to be followed by a Category 5 Typhoon, the strongest ever to hit the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao.
The second session of the ADP opened today in Bonn with Christiana Figueres sharing the news with the assembled that we are about to pass 400ppm
of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a significant and scary benchmark
in the measure of how we're changing the atmosphere.
Despite these real life events, it feels at times that the UNFCCC talks happen in a bubble. Will these events push policy makers to make 2013 a game changing year for climate action?
This Bonn session is designed as a series of workshops and roundtables and a golden opportunity for Parties to push outside their historical positions as the focus is on information and ideas sharing, not hard negotiations.
On the 2015 deal, negotiators need to make positive contributions and keep their eye on the elements, milestones and decision points that take us to a successful conclusion in France in 2015.
On pre-2020 ambition the least developed countries stand at the ready
to develop their economies in a low carbon way, but they need the technical and financial assistance of the historical emitters to help them get there.
Both Climate Action Network and the EU made interventions today, speaking of the need for an "equity spectrum". Equity, as we noted earlier, is the key to unlocking ambition. So this is a critical discussion in the week ahead.
We will be looking for positive signs from all countries, but observers are keen to see a change in the U.S. tone and positions that have dominated over the past couple of years. This will be the first time the U.S. negotiators have appeared at the UNFCCC since the change in leadership
at the U.S. State Department.
Early days in Bonn, too early to make any calls on how the talks will fare.