Durban climate deal: Evil on a scale that is hard to grasp
"I have lost track of the number of times people from NGOs and official parties have said to me, 'We cannot wait for the revolution to do something about climate change.' But now I feel that if we wait for their system to stop climate change, we will wait forever." -Jonathan Neale DURBAN CLIMATE CONFERENCE: A BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT by Jonathan Neale Socialist Worker (UK), December 17, 2011 The United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, have ended. Evil has been done on a scale that is hard to grasp. Delegations from the governments of the world have been meeting each year to negotiate an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Along the way many countries signed up to the Kyoto protocol, which came into force in 2005. Kyoto called for small emissions cuts. It was riddled with market loopholes. The US government refused to sign. Kyoto did not cover developing countries. So under Kyoto global emissions rose faster than ever before. But at least it was an attempt. Kyoto