With time running out to tackle global warming, sustained global pressure must be put on governments to reach a deal in 2015
‘The global public are not now mobilised around global warming – but that is almost certain to change.’ Photograph: EPA
It is almost a ritual now for UN climate change negotiations to reach the brink of collapse before a nail-biting, past-the-deadline compromise is achieved. But the tortuous conclusion to this year’s talks in Doha, Qatar, only sets the stage for a much bigger drama three years hence, in 2015, when a new comprehensive agreement must be reached.
The Doha deal creates a bridge from the old climate regime to a new one, but leaves its future shape and ambition still to be determined.
By securing the continuation of the Kyoto protocol for a further eight years, it preserves the vital framework of international law, and retains hard-won rules on accounting for emissions and trading between countries. But, at the same time, the Doha deal confirms that in 2020 Kyoto will be wound up. It will be replaced by a single legal agreement that ends the outdated binary distinction between “developed” and “developing” countries and requires all to make commitments commensurate with their level of development. ….(more).