04 Dec '11, 10pm

To begin to negotiate a new legal agreement or not? The mandate question at the global warming negotiations in

For the last two global warming negotiations – in Copenhagen and Cancun – there were serious efforts by countries to get a “mandate” to negotiate a new legal agreement that would strengthen international efforts to address global warming. Before this meeting this issue – “where we are headed” – was shaping up to be the key political decision at this year Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa. So what gives countries a sense that this might be the year for such an agreement and what is the state of play? WHY MIGHT THIS YEAR BE DIFFERENT? Four words – Kyoto Second Commitment Period – is the short answer. Here is the dynamic at play this year that hasn’t existed in the past. Developing countries – such as China, India, small-island states, countries in Africa, etc – want to get the European Union to commit in Durban that it will implement their next round of emissions t...

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