Friday, 18 December 2009

COP15 - Last Chance?

Greetings,

I thought I should probably post something today as it is the final day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. My previous post hopefully will have given you an idea of what COP15 is trying to acheive. I've been watching some of the news reports and twitter streams to keep up to date but so far things don't look overly positive for a global treaty.

It's really distressing to think that the Kyoto Protocol will finish in 2012, after which there will be no formal framework in place to regulate emissions and control global carbon outputs downwards. Given the potential scale and severity of global warming and the ongoing impacts that unmitigated carbon emissions is having would it be too optimistic to hope that politicians would pull out all the stops and really work together to conclude a meaningful deal? - Especially since it's taken so long to arrange an opportunity for discussions on this scale, it would be a disaster to see the talks fail...

We'll have to wait and see what the rest of the day holds but for the moment there seems to be a dark cloud over Copenhagen.

Onwards & upwards?

Lucy

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