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Dec 7, 2012

Doha(rd) 2012: tears as climate summit reaches last day

As the UN's annual climate summit reaches its last day amid endless wrangling and little progress, delegates are looking to pull a rabbit from the hat as global emissions rise. Crikey surveys some people at the talks.

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 UN’s 18th annual climate change summit is entering its last day — and arguably there’s not a great deal to show for all 18 of them. Little has been achieved at the summit in Doha, Qatar. In the final hours, sleep-deprived delegates will try to make progress on extending the Kyoto Protocol and on drafting a new, more inclusive and ambitious global greenhouse pact (to take effect from 2020).

So far, deep divides over money (rich countries are supposed to pay poor ones to deal with climate change) and who should cut emissions have not been bridged. There have been a few signs of mild progress; the US has been a little more open to action, and some rich countries have put money on the table for climate finance.

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2 thoughts on “Doha(rd) 2012: tears as climate summit reaches last day

  1. zut alors

    I thought I’d wasted three minutes of my life until, in the final seconds, Lord Monckton came through with the goods re global warming ie: just let it happen and “adapt to it later…”

    What an original thinker. I’m on the edge of the seat for the next bit where Monckton explains the details of adaptation.

  2. Mark Duffett

    Hmmm, disappointing re the lack of business/industry response, and probably signifying nothing good. Thanks for trying, Cathy.

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