07 Dec '11, 7pm

U.S. 2020 climate treaty proposal isn’t a delay—it’s a death sentence

The U.N. climate talks desperately need a crisis. For the last 10 days, negotiations here in Durban, South Africa, have made little progress on the fundamental challenge these talks were set up to confront: how the world can come together to avoid catastrophic climate change. Instead, the pace of negotiations has been set by the one country the rest of the world should be turning their back on: the United States. The U.S. never signed the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding international agreement designed to reduce emissions, but it is allowed to take part in the negotiations in a separate track dedicated to securing a long-term climate agreement. After President Obama's election, the international community had high hopes the new administration would bring a new sense of ambition and commitment to talks. Instead, the only thing the U.S. brought to the table was a wr...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-12-07-2020-clima...

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