Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference Opens Today In Durban, South Africa

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Christmas shopping opportunities for UN bureaucrats

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) to the U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change has opened in Durban, South Africa today. Delegates from nearly 200 countries are meeting to see what they can salvage from the wreckage of the Kyoto Protocol. That 1997 agreement aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from rich countries to an average of 5 percent below the levels they emitted in 1990. The United States never ratified that treaty. In addition, the treaty's limits never applied to rapidly industrializing countries like China, India, and Brazil whose greenhouse gas emissions have grown enormously in recent years. 

Currently, it looks as though Japan, Russia, and Canada will simply not agree to join any treaty requiring further emissions limits. Even the Kyoto Protocol's strongest supporter, the European Union, now says that it will not commit to maintaining the treaty unless negotiators in Durban agree to some kind of "road map" toward mandatory emissions reductions by 2020. In any case, the EU's carbon market has collapsed once again. 

I will be reporting from the Durban conference beginning next week. 

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  1. See today’s morning links for Climategate 2.0 articles.

  2. Let us know how the weather is there, and don’t forget to bring the staff back some durban poison.

  3. Enjoy the junket, oops, I mean “convention”. I hope the food is good.

  4. Could somebody get us the carbon footprint of this junket?

    Thanks.

    1. I will sell them indulgences for their carbon sins

  5. I’m sure they’ll be staying in tents in the Kalahari, with three rationed ounces of water per day, just to give themselves a sense of urgency about the impending desolation of the planet.

  6. Imagine all the lives that climatologists could have saved is they focused on predicting the weather 1 year in advance instead of 1 century in advance. Then farmers could plant their crops to match the weather for a given year, thereby increasing yields. Of course, if climatologists worked on near term predictions, their models would be falsifiable.

  7. Comrades! You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.

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