05 Dec '11, 10pm

Week Two in Durban: COP17 Heats Up: As the second half of the UN climate summit gets underway, there's an elevat...

Week Two in Durban: COP17 Heats Up: As the second half of the UN climate summit gets underway, there's an elevat...

As COP17 enters week two, there is a palpable shift in atmosphere. Delegates from governments, industry, and NGOs set out last week with clear mission to secure specific gains. Over the course of the week, negotiations got entangled in challenges. Now, with just days left, respective parties worry that they will end up short. Veterans of COP maintain that the Talks follow a similar pattern every year. At the outset, there is great hope, enthusiasm and a prevailing one-for-all spirit. By week two, challenges emerge -- as might be expected with such a large and diverse set of stakeholders. The waters get rough and anxiety rises. At the close of the Talks, many lofty expectations, no matter how well justified, go unmet. There is a deflating sense of failure. Yet on the margins, there is often discernable progress. Last year, COP yielded the Cancun agreements, REDD+ and a myri...

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