Weak plan to save Kyoto pushes climate talks to brink
DOHA (Reuters) - Weak proposals to extend until 2020 a shrivelled U.N. plan to fight climate change pushed marathon talks to the brink of collapse on Saturday.
Delegates from nearly 200 nations spent hours poring over a package deal put forward by the host, OPEC member Qatar, that would also postpone until 2013 a row over demands from developing nations for more cash to help them cope with global warming.
Developing nations were divided over the modest deal that all sides said fell short of recommendations by scientists for tougher action to try to avert more heatwaves, sandstorms, floods, droughts and rising sea levels.
“They face two unpalatable options - accept a weak text or risk the collapse of the entire talks,” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The draft deal would extend the Kyoto Protocol for eight years. It had obliged about 35 industrialised nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by an average of at least 5.2 percent below 1990 levels during the period from 2008 to 2012.
Kyoto will expire at the end of 2012 if it is not extended and has been weakened by the withdrawals of Russia, Japan and Canada. The United States never ratified it, and its backers, led by the European Union and Australia, account for just 15 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions.
Are they going to talk about how leprechauns are interfering will Al Gore’s “millions of degrees” beneath the surface of the Earth and the problem that unicorns cause on Climate Change/Globull Warming/Disruptification?
Agenda 21 is going to take care of it for them.
But don't bother to tell you that the US has reduced CO2 emissions more than any other nation in the world since Kyoto started.
Real journalism is dead. All is now propaganda.