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Durban Conference: Ending The Deadlock On A New Kyoto Deal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 28, 2011



World leaders! Be serious on Global Warming issue, please do not play with this:

A new deal on climate change is the hope, but for the nearly 10,000 delegates of the UN’s conference in Durban on the eastern coast of South Africa, a week of difficult negotiations lays ahead.

The event, which starts on Monday, offers a chance for the world community to come together and agree on action. Most pressing is the debate about the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty that set limits on emissions. The treaty runs out at the end of next year, yet so far there has been deadlock on whether to renew, as favoured by China and India, or to draw up a new treaty, as favoured by Russia, Canada and Japan.

India and China favour renewal as they are classed as developing countries, which under the existing treaty have no obligation to cut emissions, leaving developing countries to shoulder the burden. However, as China and India now represent the largest and the third largest emitters on the globe, most industrialised countries are demanding a new agreement, which sees India and China also forced to make reductions. The US pulled out of Kyoto in 2001 over the apparent unfairness of the 1997 terms.

As such, the issue is nothing new. The climate change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 reached a stalemate over Kyoto, with many predicting a similar outcome for Durban.

However, minds at the conference may be focused by recent figures that reveal that carbon emissions in the atmosphere now far exceed even the worst case predictions of four years ago, with a UN report showing a 6% increase in 2009 to 2010 levels.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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