It’s not rocket science: when you find yourself at the bottom of a deep hole, the first thing you need to do is stop digging. That simple logic, however, is utterly lacking here at the international climate negotiations in Durban.
While many detailed issues are being negotiated – forest protection, finance for adaptation, technology transfer, to name just a few – the central question is whether countries will stop digging and adopt the kind of legally binding commitments needed to stave off an all out climate catastrophe.
The US came to Durban with a mission to prevent any new commitments before 2020. This is the timeframe for pledges that came out of the Copenhagen talks two years ago. But the problem with these pledges is that even in the best case – where all commitments are implemented – they only get us about halfway to where we need to go on temperature rises.
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