I also followed news like other environmentalists did all over the world, waiting for a solid agreement about climate change in COP17 held in Durban, South Africa this year. Climate conference lasted for approximately two weeks and finally it ended recently with an agreement. According to various media channels, UN expressed their satisfaction as “We saved the tomorrow, today”, on the other hand environmental organizations such as Greenpeace characterized the situation as “disaster”.
According to BBC some of the key concepts of this new agreement are;
“The European Union will place its current emission-cutting pledges inside the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol, a key demand of developing countries.”
“Talks on a new legal deal covering all countries will begin next year and end by 2015, coming into effect by 2020.”
“Management of a fund for climate aid to poor countries has also been agreed, though how to raise the money has not.”
Even though UN says they made history, certain social and environmental groups strongly disagree with this and they claim it will be too late in 2020. In this sense, it is possible to find numerous cartoons on various websites-here is some of them.
It seems like discussions will be continuing in the aftermath of COP17-get more information from the links provided and take your side in this discussion!
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