Bangkok-New Hope for ‘Kyoto 2’?
Bangkok-New Hope for ‘Kyoto 2’? / El Coombs, Climatico, 7/04/2011
The current round of Climate negotiations under the UNFCCC in Bangkok comes to a close tomorrow, but do this week’s developments inspire new hope for reaching a binding international agreement on emissions reductions?
The ‘first commitment period’ of the Kyoto Protocol binds 37 industrialised countries to collectively reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5% below 1990 levels from 2008 – 2012. Despite the imminent expiry of this period, no second commitment period has been agreed. Even Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, has publically commented that ‘a gap in this effort looks increasingly impossible to avoid.’…