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The Platform Opens a Window: Durban's Unambiguous Consequence

January 3, 2012 by Robert Stavins

In my previous essay – following the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which adjourned on December 11, 2011 – I offered my assessment of the Durban climate negotiations, addressing the frequently-posed question of whether the talks had “succeeded.”  I took...[read more]

Was the Kyoto Protocol a Failure?

December 29, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Almost 15 years ago, the world gathered in Japan to negotiate the Kyoto Protcol, a landmark international treaty to limit greenhouse gases. As the expiration date of the world’s first carbon cutting treaty draws closer, energyNOW! asks – was Kyoto a success or a failure?[read more]

Canada Withdraws From Kyoto & Continues Developing Tar Sands

December 21, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

Literally one day after the global warming negotiations ended in Durban, South Africa the government of Canada formally notified the world that they were withdrawing from the global warming pollution targets they had taken on under the Kyoto Protocol.  Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent must have signed the formal withdrawal...[read more]

Australia Wants "Clean Energy Cheap Rather Than Dirty Energy Expensive"

December 14, 2011 by Alex Trembath

With the latest round of international climate negotiations coming to an anticlimactic close in Durban, South Africa, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's chief advisor Andrew Charlton offers a pragmatic "Plan B" for tackling the challenges of climate change and energy access. Writing for the Canberra Times, Charlton promotes an agenda centered on technological innovation and the expansion of human welfare.[read more]

Assessing the Climate Talks — Did Durban Succeed?

December 13, 2011 by Robert Stavins

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adjourned on Sunday, a day and a half after its scheduled close, and in the process once again pulled a rabbit out of the hat by saving the talks from complete collapse (which appeared possible just a few days earlier)....[read more]

Good COP, Bad COP

December 13, 2011 by Jason Hartke

Like on any of the nighttime dramas, we watch time and time again how yet another police duo utilize the classic good cop/bad cop routine. Well, in my final blog from Durban, I leave you with my own good COP/bad COP. Let’s play good COP first.[read more]

The Durban Climate Deal Inkblot Test

December 13, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

After going into sudden-death overtime, the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa wrapped up this weekend with an agreement that only a climate diplomat could love. Constituting in effect an agreement to agree to some future agreement, the outcome is open to interpretation. Is this the failure that was widely predicted, the...[read more]

Making Sense Out of Durban

December 13, 2011 by Marc Gunther

So what the heck happened in Durban? Is the world closer to dealing with the problem of global warming? Or not? If, like me, you aren’t a devotee of the UN climate negotiations, reading the headlines isn’t much help. From the glass-half-full crowd: Progress at end of Durban Cop17 climate talks (LA Times). Reason to smile about Durban climate conference (Eugene Robinson in the WPost). Climate deal salvaged after marathon talks (The Guardian). From the pessimists: How the world failed to address climate change–again (Michael Levi at The The Durban climate deal failed to meet the needs of the developing world (The Guardian, again). COP out (South Africa’s Cape Times).[read more]

Are Durban Outcomes Historic or Hollow? (1)

December 12, 2011 by David Thorpe

This is the first of two posts on COP17, the Durban-based UN climate change talks: this summarises the accords reached and others' reactions; the next post following immediately is the Low Carbon Kid's assessment of the accords. After the longest conference in the history of UN climate summits, a "historic" agreement was reached, that...[read more]

Durban - How Big a Deal?

December 12, 2011 by Elliot Diringer

Only time will tell whether the Durban climate talks produced an historic breakthrough. It’s possible. What’s clear for now is that the Durban deal keeps the global climate effort intact and moving – however incrementally – in the right direction.[read more]

Important Progress at Global Warming Negotiations in Durban; Major Work Ahead

December 12, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

As Nelson Mandela famously said*: “It always seems impossible, until we are done.”  That is exactly how it seemed at the United Nations COP-17 climate negotations over the past two weeks  – extremely difficult (and even impossible at times). The negotiations lastest more than than 36 hours after  they were supposed to...[read more]

As the Durban Smoke Clears, We See Mirrors

December 12, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

After a Herculean effort by Durban negotiators to clean the climate change Aegean Stables, we have… what, exactly? I don’t think we’ll know for sure for a while, and it will take years, possibly decades, to see how the entire process plays out. Remember, there was a time when the whole world was excited because the US had agreed to be...[read more]

Durban: It Could Have Been Worse, It Should Have Been Better (2)

December 12, 2011 by David Thorpe

This is the second of two posts about Durban. The first gives a run-down of the accords agreed, this gives an assessment. It was never going to be easy. Anyone watching or following, as I was, the high drama of the last three days of the climate negotiations in Durban must have thought it more gripping than any Hollywood political...[read more]

Will the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?

December 9, 2011 by Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations began last week in Durban, South Africa.  These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The key challenge at this point is to maintain the process of building a sound foundation for meaningful,...[read more]

Durban: Putting the Dust into the Dustbin of History?

December 8, 2011 by A Siegel

This guest post, from Heather Libby in Durban, South Africa, provides a window in thinking as to the gap between the negotiating halls and people suffering from climate chaos a few miles away, the gap between putting happy faces on a problem and choosing to address climate change in a way to reduce its catastrophic impacts....[read more]