12 Dec '11, 5pm

The top five takeaways from the Durban climate talks via @grist

The top five takeaways from the Durban climate talks via @grist

Talking about climate-policy developments gets tedious. Bear with us for the verdict on Durban. After running 36 hours into overtime, the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, finally wrapped up this weekend. As usual, all the dramatic stuff happened in the last 12 hours, after everyone had been beaten into submission by sheer exhaustion. I do not envy my brothers and sisters in the media who attend these things. So what came out of it? Does it matter at all? It gets a bit tedious writing about climate policy, since every single development warrants some variant of the same verdict: compared to what's needed, a failure; compared to what's possible, decent. And so it is with Durban. Here are what I consider the top five take-home points, in descending order of significance: 1. The world is still on course to 4 degrees C (7.2 degrees F) and higher, i.e., disaster. Durban co...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-12-12-the-top-fi...

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