Tuesday, December 18

The legacy of the Bali meeting will be judged in the coming year.

It is great to see awareness growing so quickly about the challenge facing the world. But! nothing than a bid to break the deadlock is seen in the 12 day negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). What we saw was row between the United States on one side and the EU and developing countries on the other in the conference on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
The conference swung into an extra day to reproduce a new strategy against climate change .It watered down previous draft commitments on tackling greenhouse gases leaving small group exhausted to craft a draft compromise.
The aim of the 190 nation gathering was to agree on parameters for tackling the pollution that is warming the Earth's surface and driving hazardous changes to its climate system. It ditched future emissions cuts that the European Union had previously declared were essential and made America victorious. America will keep on wrecking climate talks as long as those with vested interests in oil and gas fund its political system. The draft has no mention of the figures which UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued earlier this year for the emissions ceiling. It ignored the airplane emissions which benefits the UK on one hand.
The legacy of the Bali meeting will be judged in the coming year in Copenhagen in December 2009 to provide replacement of treaty for Kyoto as agreed by the nations of the world.
The only good news is that for the first time both the industrialized and developing countries have jointly signed a task to act jointly to manage their emissions as global cooperation is the only way to tackle this issue largely. But we must not be tempted to sit back now that it looks as though the world's leaders are on the mission. There is much for all of us to do if we are to secure our joint future like switching off lights, fans, computers, air conditioning when not in use.

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