Bearish on the prospects for a legally binding comprehensive climate deal in Copenhagen next month, world leaders have decided to put off a full treaty until at least next year and instead aim for a less sweeping, "politically binding" agreement in Copenhagen.
As the clock ticks down to next month's Copenhagen climate conference, environmental activists have their eyes on key world leaders whose decisions on whether to attend the conference could make or break the prospects for a binding international treaty. This week, two of those leaders have provided insights into their intentions.
The top UN climate negotiator Yvo de Boer lays out his four criteria that would make up a "strong political agreement" at Copenhagen. Watch.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing this morning on international climate negotiations. Todd Stern, the administration's top international climate change negotiator, briefed the committee and was followed in a seperate hearing by UN Foundation head Sen. Tim Wirth (who had Stern's job during the Kyoto negotiations), Ellen Claussen of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and Steve Groves of the Heritage Foundation.
Bleak news today for those hoping to one day see the iconic snow atop Kilimanjaro. You don't have much time left.
According to the author of a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that snow could be gone by 2022. In 2002, the same team predicted that ice levels would be where they are now. Since 1912, roughly 85 percent of the ice cover has disappeared.