Critical time in global climate change negotiations – things are really hotting up!

Are governments finally waking up to the serious threat posed by climate change? Will they reach consensus by the 17th November?

[UKPRwire, Wed Nov 15 2006] Will the UK’s Stern Report on the economics of climate change make a difference to political opinion in key countries such as USA, Australia, China and India?

How is public opinion changing – will governments reflect that change in their policies? For example, is Australia now encountering the worst drought for 1000 years – is this a consequence of climate change? What will the US Presidents Bush’s Republican party losses in the mid-term elections mean? – state level action on climate change has been very noticeable in Democrat controlled states.

Negotiations on climate change have reached a critical stage as time is now running out to stop irreversible climate change. These negotiations are being conducted in Nairobi, Kenya and are likely to reach a conclusion at the end of next week (see background below).

Ultimately, the key questions that need an answer are:

• Can the world agree to cap carbon emissions and keep the earth’s increase in atmospheric temperature below a two degree Celsius rise and avert catastrophic climate change?

• If it can, will they be able to agree on how to allocate the targets between countries?

Background: 6-17th November 2006
United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya is hosting the second meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 2), in conjunction with the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP 12), in Nairobi from 6 to 17 November 2006.

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