December 18, 2009
It is 23.40 in the Bella Center at the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference and American President Barak Obama has just announced the basis of a deal.
He did this while the European press corps was waiting over an hour for an EU press conference…
The EU press conference didn’t happen!
At this early stage, the deal isn’t actually real. Until the plenary meets – later tonight one presumes – it is not formally agreed. Either way, the President described it as “not legally binding”.
The deal does not – apparently – go as far as we need or as science demands. Does this guarantee ‘the end’ for low-lying island nations such as The Maldives and Tuvalu? Their position has been that limiting temperature increases to 2 degrees guarantees their doom. They need to see a deal aimed at limiting average temperature increases to 1.5 degrees. But it seems that this deal does not even go as far as would be required for 2 degrees.
After all this effort, is this good enough?
See you in Mexico???
For now, this correspondent is going to bed…Author : Stuart Langridge