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Cancun Climate Conference

December 11, 2010

A couple of articles on the Conference, which has now concluded.

After the cop-out in Copenhagen, it’s chaos in Cancun

From The Independent

By Michael McCarthy

The UN climate change talks in Cancun are “poised on a knife edge” as they enter their final day this morning, with the possibility of success, but also the possibility of “a car crash,” according to Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne. Mr Huhne, who is leading a special group of ministers tackling the meeting’s key problem – how to replace the current international climate treaty, the Kyoto Protocol – gave a solemn warning last night that the conference could very possibly end in outright failure, as happened at Copenhagen last year.Such an outcome would be “very very serious” not only for the issue of global warming, but also for the whole UN process which has been set up to deal with it, he said, and it would risk turning future talks into a “zombie conference”, at which there would nobody of sufficient seniority in attendance to take any serious decisions.

From The Independent

And the Conclusion:

Cancun delegates reach climate change deal

From CNN

Delegates at the United Nations climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico, approved an agreement early Saturday, despite objections from Bolivia and with praise from the United States government.

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A key sticking point was the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012 and sets greenhouse gas emissions targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European Union.

“For us, this is not a step forward. It is a step back, because what is being done here is postponing without limit the discussion on the Kyoto Protocol,” Bolivian Ambassador Pablo Solon told delegates early Saturday.

The agreement does not specify what will happen once the Kyoto Protocol expires, postponing the debate until the next scheduled climate talks in South Africa in 2011.

From CNN

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