Monday, December 12, 2011

Climate Conference

was settled after two weeks of talks

The world is on track for a global treaty on climate change, for the first time after an agreement was reached in talks in Durban, South Africa in the early hours of Sunday morning.

negotiators have agreed to start working on a new climate agreement are legally binding and, especially, need the developed and developing countries to reduce their carbon emissions. The terms must now be accepted in 2015 and take effect from 2020.

"I salute the countries who have made this agreement, they have set aside some of their own cherished goals to accomplish a common goal -. A long-term solution to climate change, "said Christiana Figueres chief U.S. climate of the United Nations.

Chris Huhne, the UK Energy and Climate Secretary, said the agreement would ensure the EU efforts to tackle global warming corresponded with others. "We know we are working very hard on this, but we must be sure that other countries are working so hard - it's very important for our industry and our competitiveness," said

Huhne But he also acknowledged that the work was just beginning, because after the agreement reached in Durban, governments face four years of grueling tug of war on the scale and pace each country must reduce its carbon emissions, to deepen the bones of the forehead.

two weeks of negotiations - the last 60 hours, it was only a marathon negotiating session with officials locked in a conference center in three nights with just one break - ended with a decision surprise occurred during a tea break just before dawn on Sunday.

of the largest economies in the world and issuers and targets for reducing emissions by 2020, when the new agreement comes into force.
But the targets are voluntary, not legally binding. It is a fundamental difference for the EU and others, who fear that voluntary targets are too easy to slip away.

However, the agreement did little to address the scale of emission reductions required, and environmental groups said it was a great failure.

Keith Allott
, director of climate change at WWF-UK, said: "Governments have saved the way for negotiations, but we should have no illusions - the result leaves us with the Durban may be contrary to a warming world 4C. It would be catastrophic for the people and the natural world. Governments have spent days critical focus on a handful of specific words in the negotiating text, but have paid little attention to the repeated warnings of the scientific community that much stronger measures are urgently needed to reduce emissions. "

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