This amusing, albeit grotesquely simplified summary of the history of climate change negotiations illustrates why a binding agreement on climate change has proven so illusive.
Although very few believe that the US will pass legislation that addresses global warming there is a glimmer of hope appearing on the horizon. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said on December 11th, that she’s forming a climate change caucus.
After the election of Obama, many believed that we would see a surge in alternative energy stock prices, but this did not happen. As reviewed in a Renewable Energy World article losers beat gainers by a 10:1 ratio!
At the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar (COP18/CMP8), governments have taken the next essential step in the global response to climate change. Countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015 and agreed a path to raise necessary ambition to respond to climate change.
Jaspreet Kindra was in Doha, Qatar, to cover the humanitarian implications of the UN climate change conference. She filed this personal account of the talks.
The climate conference in Doha culminated in an all-night session to hammer out a deal on preventing further global warming and protecting people from the effects of climate change. While some promising compromises were made, the absence of a strong commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions and help vulnerable populations adapt to climate change was evident in the conference’s 39 decisions.
Addressing the media on the opening day of the Doha Climate Change Conference, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, outlined the objectives of the conference, including a renewed commitment under the Kyoto Protocol.
The IPCC COP 18 Climate Change Conference has started in Qatar. There are three major issues that must be addressed, the first is renewal of the Kyoto Protocol, the second is the issues between the developed and the developing world, and the third is climate finance. The American Government will not endorse the Kyoto Agreement.
The UN Environment Program’s Emissions Gap Report 2012, released Nov. 21, indicates that there is a massive gulf between what governments have pledged in terms of GHG emissions and what they are actually doing. To stave off a temperature increase of more than 2°C, nations have pledged to reduce their emissions a total of 44 gigatonnes by 2020.
At the end of this year, the Kyoto Protocol is set to expire, but talks in Doha, Qatar that began on Monday, November 26th and run through December 7th, aim to extend the protocol up until 2020. The Kyoto Protocol, whose main focus was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 5.2% of 1990 levels between the years 2008-2012, have largely been seen as a failure.