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Nov 28, 2012

Doha(rd) 2012: our climate target in the spotlight as summit opens

The world's best hope of avoiding runaway climate change -- the UN's annual climate summit -- has opened in Doha, Qatar. We ask some of the people at the two-week summit how things are shaping up.

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

Climate change may seem like an endless black hole of bad news. But delegates at the UN’s annual climate summit, which opened in Doha on Monday, broke into applause yesterday when told that the deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon had dropped to its lowest level on record — the rate of rainforest clearing has plunged 27% compared to last year. That’s good news for the climate because clearing forests generates greenhouse gas emissions.

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  1. John Bennetts

    So the deforestation rate in the Amazon has dropped by 27%.

    In future, the damage which was done in 4 years will take 5 years.

    Here’s hoping that nett reforestation is reported this time next year, on a world scale.

  2. Microseris

    With mainstream polititians owned by business, time to start stockpiling the baked beans.

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