Facing the Climate Challenge

Facing the Climate Challenge

WHEN SUCH moderate multinational institutions as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) follow each other in quick succession with grim warnings that the world is heading for catastrophic climate change if it stays on a “business-as-usual” path, governments and policymakers everywhere must not merely sit up and take notice, but make a real effort to start reversing the current worrying trends.

And they can begin that process in Durban on Monday next when the United Nations 17th Conference of the Parties to its Framework Convention on Climate Change convenes for a two-week session in an effort to find the basis for a new, legally binding international agreement to combat global warming after the Kyoto Protocol runs out next year.

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