Environment

Nov 23, 2012

Doha(rd) 2012: what to expect from climate pow wow

With a major climate summit to kick off in Doha on Monday, Crikey talks to some of the people heading over to find out what to expect.

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

The world’s best hope of avoiding runaway climate change starts in Doha, Qatar on Monday. Each year, countries meet under the UN to work towards a deal to keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees. This year’s summit runs in Qatar from November 26 to December 7 — and it’s fair to say expectations are pretty low.

The Kyoto Protocol expires on December 31 and a replacement deal has not been finalised. It looks like KP Mark 2 will limp along next year, while work continues on the very difficult task of a new, binding treaty to reduce the world’s emissions, covering all the big polluters. Crikey will bring you the inside word on the summit over the next fortnight. Today, we ask people who are attending for a preview …

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