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Is the Agreement in Durban Enough to Contain Climate Change?

Is the deal struck in the final marathon session at COP17 producing the Durban Platform too little, too late?

The participants at the U.N. sponsored COP17 climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, managed to come to an agreement on a package of measures that will eventually force all the world’s polluters to take legally binding action. One of the most significant elements of the deal concerns a replacement for the soon to expire Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto protocol is the only global warming …

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Last Minute Save at COP17: Durban Delegates Set Path to 2020 Emissions Reduction Treaty, Green Climate Fund

The Durban Platform emerges in post-conference sessions

It took three days of non-stop negotiating but UN climate change treaty delegates in Durban in the end managed to agree on the 3 major issues on the agenda. While there's no shortage of criticism, the last-minute deal does pave the way for a legally binding UN emissions reduction treaty to go into effect in 2020, as well as setting up funding mechanisms and organizational structure for the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund.

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Marathon Session at COP17 Produces the Durban Platform

The Durban Platform emerges in post-conference sessions

Unwilling to allow the two-week negotiations at the COP17 climate conference in Durban, South Africa, a marathon session lasting 36 hours beyond the scheduled end of the talks, produced the “Durban Platform”. The document calls for all nations–developed and developing–to negotiate a treaty by 2015 to cut carbon emissions to go into effect by 2020. Nations still adhering to the Kyoto Protocol (fewer countries …

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