|The Durban climate deal|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:04|
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban was the longest ever, with grueling negotiations. *Sivan Kartha assesses the COP 17 outcome
Q: You've been highly critical of the Durban outcome. What concerns
you the most?
A: Many people applaud Durban for taking us toward a climate agreement that would finally be binding on all countries, North and South. While it did that, I fear that it simultaneously took us several large steps backward in terms of 'trust-building', making it all the less likely for the resulting global agreement to actually ramp up ambition and provide a real solution to the climate crisis. From discussions over loopholes in the climate regime, to the handling of the Kyoto Protocol, to equity issues, the results were worrisomely negative.
Q: What went wrong in the discussion of loopholes? A: The Annex 1 countries showed bad faith in negotiations to close the loopholes. New Zealand and Australia were particularly inflexible when it came to closing their favourite loopholes. Russia, despite pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol, insisted on preserving its surplus assigned amount units (AAUs). Even the European Union, which is generally seen to be keen to preserve the integrity of the carbon markets, lobbied to preserve the surplus AAUs of its new member states ...
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