Bad news from Bonn:
Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment
Climate crisis is not caused by lack of options and solutions, but lack of political action, says Greenpeace spokeswoman
The latest round of international climate change talks finished on Friday in discord and disappointment, with some participants concerned that important progress made last year was being unpicked.
At the talks, countries were supposed to set out a workplan on negotiations that should result in a new global climate treaty, to be drafted by the end of 2015 and to come into force in 2020. But participants told the Guardian they were downbeat, disappointed and frustrated that the decision to work on a new treaty – reached after marathon late-running talks last December in Durban – was being questioned.
China and India, both rapidly growing economies with an increasing share of global emissions, have tried to delay talks on such a treaty. Instead of a workplan for the next three years to achieve the objective of a new pact, governments have only managed to draw up a partial agenda. “It’s incredibly frustrating to have achieved so little,” said one developed country participant. “We’re stepping backwards, not forwards.” …
The reasons why this is incredibly bad news are, of course, obvious to anyone except climate change deniers.
But what I find almost as depressing is the total absence of media coverage in NZ. Did you know the talks were on? 3 News had an AP piece a few days ago, but apart from that, there was pretty much nothing. Did you know the talks had failed? At time of writing I see zero NZ coverage. None. Nada. It’s only the most important story in the world. Instead The Herald is leading with a story about a rescued surfer, and Stuff with a piece on care for the elderly. Similar stuff on the TVNZ and 3 News sites. Re the subject of the post, I’d say Elliot had it right.