What exactly happened at Durban?
Ok, kids, Durban is over, and it's time for the world to return to its regularly scheduled programming of carbon-induced DOOM. What exactly did the world's long-suffering climate negotiators accomplish? They agreed on a "platform" outlining how they’ll keep trying to create a new climate treaty. Well, it’s … progress towards progress?
Here are the most important things to remember about what came out of the conference:
- Everyone's going to start working next year on a new treaty on climate emissions.
- The idea is to finish that agreement by 2015 (at the latest) and for it to take effect by 2020.
- The Kyoto Protocol will keep on truckin' until 2017.
- The world will start a Green Climate Fund to help out developing countries.
- It's still not clear where the money will come from for that.
- There's also going to be an Adaptation Committee that will be charged with coordinating global response to the craziness that climate change is going to create.
Here's what didn't happen:
- No one agreed to legally binding cuts in their country's emissions.
Tune in next year for even more baby steps in Qatar.
Durban conference delivers breakthrough in international community's response to climate change, UNFCCC.