In overtime, climate negotiators fall short of the end zone but gain a few yards
Negotiators from more than 190 countries head home after two weeks of talks toward a new accord to curb carbon emissions.
The final deal extends the expiring Kyoto treaty and levels the playing field for the US, but triggers no immediate action.
A condensed diary from Week Two of the Durban conference:
Sun: There’s a glimmer of hope when word circulates that China might consider some kind of binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
Tue: UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says “The world cannot accept ‘No’ for an answer in Durban. Negotiators continue to provide “No” for an answer. Richard Harris reports for NPR that attaining the soft goal of stopping warming at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) is “proving to be a stretch” with the current voluntary emissions targets. Continue reading