CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS IN WARSAW COME TO CLOSE

11/25/2013

Delegates from 190 nations at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference are close to eaching some initial agreements on fighting global warming. Before the talks end, the envoys plan to make progress on a “loss and damage” mechanism that would help countries experiencing storms, floods, and erosion caused by rising seas and higher temperatures. Their primary goal is to reach agreements that will act as stepping stones to a 2015 legally binding treaty to be signed in Paris. Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Beata Jaczewska feels confident that the delegates will find some common ground, reporting that, of the 50 decisions scheduled for the Warsaw summit, the envoys have come to decisions on more than 40. Many environmentalists, however, see the talks in a less positive light. Last Thursday, several hundred people—including members of Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund—walked out of the Warsaw talks in protest of the slow pace of negotiations and a perceived lack of ambition in combating climate change. For the full story, see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-22/global-warming-envoys-set-to-chart-path-to-pollution-cuts.html and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25044961.