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Climate conference OKs landmark deal

December 11, 2011

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A U.N. climate conference reached a hard-fought agreement early today on a complex and far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight against climate change for the coming decades.

The 194-party conference in Durban agreed to start negotiations on a new accord that would put all countries under the same legal regime enforcing commitments to control greenhouse gases. It would take effect by 2020 at the latest.

The deal also set up the bodies that will collect, govern and distribute tens of billions of dollars a year to poor countries to help them adapt to changing climate conditions and to move toward low-carbon economic growth.

Currently, only industrial countries have legally binding emissions targets under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Those commitments expire next year, but they will be extended for another five years under the accord adopted today.

Comments

Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

There's no paper over here. Could somebody pass me a carbon credit?

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Ken Lassman 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry for the multiple postings--the JW site said that the page was unavailable and so to try again, which, unfortunately, I did!.

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Chris Golledge 2 years, 4 months ago

Delaying a plan to start emissions reductions to 2020 pretty much commits us to a path that, at best, only limits CO2 to around 450 ppm. Looking at what the earth has done in the past, somewhere between 350 and 450 will trigger tipping points that commit us to 4 to 6 C of warming. That would drive Hadley cells poleward, expanding the deserts that exist where the Hadley circulation comes down, and basically erase agriculture in belts 10 to 15 degrees of latitude wide, all around the globe, north and south of the equator. Delaying action is like throwing matches in the air to see how many it takes to light the barn on fire.

Judging by the comments here, that's pretty much what's going to happen. Few people are willing to believe that something bad will happen until it does.

Open up Google Earth and have a look around. I really don't think we'll be able to sustain the current population with that much cropland lost.

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Armstrong 2 years, 4 months ago

Not to worry, for enough money "research" can be done to indicate we are on the verge of the new ice age

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Armstrong 2 years, 4 months ago

Not to worry, for enough money "research" can be done to indicate we are on the verge of the new ice age

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sunny 2 years, 4 months ago

The deal also set up the bodies that will collect, govern and distribute tens of billions of dollars a year to poor countries to help them adapt to changing climate conditions and to move toward low-carbon economic growth.

Outrageous!

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

Hmm... 50º in the shade, two weeks before Christmas, in sunny Lawrence, Kansas!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

It's all about the money for the UN dudes.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 4 months ago

Here's a very insightful article-- it spells out what hardcore capitalists/denialists already know-- global warming/climate change represents the colossal failure of capitalism/corporatism to deal with the destruction it has wrought upon the natural world, and the ability of the planet to support the human race if we continue with business as usual.

Capitalism vs. the Climate Naomi Klein http://www.thenation.com/article/164497/capitalism-vs-climate?page=full

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