As Nelson Mandela famously said: “It always seems impossible, until we are done.”
That is exactly how it seemed at the United Nations COP-17 climate negotations over the past two weeks – extremely difficult (and even impossible at times). The negotiations lastest more than than 36 hours after they were supposed to end. They culminated in some extremely passionate statements from the floor and a quick “open air” negotiation among the major players to try to address one last minute disagreement. Eventually they ended in agreement in the dim light of Sunday morning.
The agreements reached in South Africa make important progress, but much more work lies ahead to address global warming.
The NRDC’s Jake Schmidt writes a quick overview of what was agreed and what it means.
For more on this story, visit: Important Progress at Global Warming Negotiations in Durban; Major Work Ahead | Jake Schmidt’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.