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Durban will be a non-event

The 17th international climate conference (COP 17) that opened November 28 will not produce any worth while results. This is – unfortunately – a foregone conclusion whatever final declaration might be adopted at the closure in two weeks.
The conference cannot be productive for four major reasons.

Europe finds itself in the worst economic and financial crisis since more than 40 years: it is focused on getting its house in order in the short term and therefore unable to assume the leadership that would be required to take major countries forward.
The USA, completely absorbed by fiscal disarray and the forthcoming elections next November, will be unable to take any international commitments on such sensitive and politically controversial issues as energy and climate.
China is sitting comfortably back waiting for “developed” countries to act more decisively. It will proudly present its achievements in substantially cutting C02 emissions relative to GDP and becoming the world`s […]

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