Breaking: World leaders agree to extend Kyoto Protocol at COP18. U.S. and China skip talks. Environmentalists are super pissed. Click to watch Al Jazeera’s superior reporting. Full story with link, below. I’ll have more on the adaptation portions of the negotiations throughout the upcoming week.
Deal reached in Doha to extend Kyoto protocol
Delegates end conference with agreement to keep alive legally binding plan limiting greenhouse-gas emissions until 2020.
UN climate talks in Doha have come to a point of agreement on the extension of the Kyoto protocol, despite an objection from the Russian Federation.
After 36 hours of non-stop negotiation, delegates from nearly 200 nations in the Qatari capital agreed on Saturday to extend the protocol limiting greenhouse gas emissions until 2020.
Almost immediately after Qatar’s energy minister announced an agreement, Russia stated its objection.
Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark, reporting from the conference venue, said Russia’s objection showed that despite the agreement, “not everybody is totally happy” with the outcome of the two-week-long conference.
The extension of the 1997 UN-backed Kyoto Protocol will keep it alive as the only legally binding plan for combating global warming even though it will cover developed nations whose share of world greenhouse-gas emissions is less than 15 per cent.
The 27-member European Union, Australia, Switzerland and eight other industrialised nations agreed to the binding emission cuts by 2020. Each signatory had already legislated individual targets.
The United States has refused to ratify Kyoto. The Protocol also excludes major developing polluters like China, the nation with the higest rate of pollution, and India.
"It is a modest but essential step forward", Connie Hedegaard, European climate commissioner, said at the conclusion of Doha Climate Gateway.
Full story: Al Jazeera