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Todd Stern’s Not-So-Excellent Day in Durban

US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern has a tough job.

He has to represent a country whose politics are dysfunctional and one of whose major parties is in a state of extreme denial about the scientific reality and urgency of climate change. Having failed to win Senate passage of a comprehensive climate bill last year, the Obama administration he represents must use its executive authority to try to meet the president’s commitment to reduce U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases some 17 percent below 2005 by 2020 levels Read More

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The Durban Climate Summit and the Future of Kyoto

I’ve just returned from a week of climate negotiations in Panama, the last session before the climate summit in Durban, South Africa, that starts the Monday after Thanksgiving.

While progress was made in Panama on some issues, there is no consensus on the big political issues: the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the related issue of creation of a more comprehensive long-term international climate treaty regime, and how to ramp up financing for developing country actions to deploy clean technology, preserve tropical forests, and adapt to the mounting impacts of climate change. Read More

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