Yesterday morning Megan and I represented Tropical Forest Group at the meeting of the RINGOs, not aficionados of the fifth Beatle, but the research and independent non-governmental organizations. Attendees at the meetings include professors and students from universities around the world, including Georgetown, University of Colorado, University of Zurich, and University of Botswana, as well as NGOs whose main activities involve scientific research. RINGOs provide scientific information for COP parties but do not make recommendations for action like environmental NGOs may. TFG fits into this category because of the Terrestrial Carbon Accounting extension course it is offering at UC San Diego with WWF. The course will surely bolster TFG's RINGO participation in future COPs.