11 Dec '11, 3pm

COP17 Closes: Long Live The Process, If Not Our Climate Or Our Future

COP17 Closes: Long Live The Process, If Not Our Climate Or Our Future

The COP17 climate talks in Durban have finally come to a close, some 36 hours later than they were scheduled to and, amazingly, making more progress than this author thought they would have. To the great tragedy of us all this progress still falls amazingly well short of what climate scientists say is needed. But at least this is officially acknowledged now. The second paragraph of the COP17 document reads (emphasis in original): Noting with grave concern the significant gap between the aggregate effect of Parties' mitigation pledges in terms of global annual emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 and aggregate emission pathways consistent with having a likely chance of holding the increase in global average temperature below 2°C of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, And a few lines later launches into what to do about this: Keep negotiating towards a "protocol, legal instr...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/cop17-long-live-...

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