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Last minute deal saves fractious UN climate talks

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Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2013 03:07 AM by AlexMuller

After 30 hours of deadlock, they approved a pathway to a new global climate treaty in Paris in 2015. The agreement was achieved after a series of last minute compromises often involving single words in draft texts.

 
Negotiators also made progress on the contentious issue of loss and damage that developing countries are expected to suffer in a warming world. Green groups were angry about the lack of specific commitments on finance.
 
The Conference of the Parties (Cop) started two weeks ago in the shadow of Typhoon Haiyan. Speaking at the time, the lead delegate from the Philippines, Yeb Sano, drew tears in the auditorium with a heartfelt plea to "stop this climate madness".
 
But the good intentions foundered on the political and economic realities of a complex process where agreement has to be by consensus.
 
The mood was not helped by the Japanese government announcing it would not be able to meet its 2020 emissions cuts target.

Tags: climate changeCO2environmentnatureglobal warmingUN

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-24
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The good news that there are talks and no one would like to stop further talks and agreements. The bad news is that this remains very complex and difficult Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-24
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The problem was that China and India clashed with the developed countries by insisting that rich countries continue to operate under stricter standards than poor countries. Avoiding impacts on economic growth seem to be the main goal for all involved
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-24
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This disagreement is typical of the so far unsuccessful diplomatic effort to reduce the heat-trapping carbon emissions that scientists say are warming the planet.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-24
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Global warming is well known-the rise in the average temperature of Earth's atmosphere and oceans was observed from the late 19th century and is projected to continue Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-24
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Scientists actively work to understand past and future climate by using observations and theoretical models Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-24
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A compromise was to prepare "contributions," rather than "commitments" for the new deal - this leave countries with more options in what kind of emissions targets to propose. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-29
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Apr26 Worked fine for me too.Looks like a great time. That sure was some fancy footwork from that guy in the coowby hat (I'm sure there were a gazillion guys in coowby hats, but you know what I mean )Very cool, Tammy:-) Reply


 

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