Summit does little to help region’s forests


History’s longest United Nations climate summit came to an end Dec. 11 in Durban, South Africa with an agreement to work towards a legally binding agreement requiring all nations to cut emissions. But the deal, clinched after a tense all-night session, did little to reassure Latin America and other developing regions that action was being taken to curb accelerated global warming. The down-to-the-wire decision on the dawn of the 13th day committed the 194-nation conference to work towards a global treaty that for the first time will require emissions cuts for all nations, both developed and developing, by 2020. It also breathed new life into the Kyoto Protocol, which has directed hundreds of millions of dollars in clean-energy projects... [Log in to read more]

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