ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Durban: Road to Nowhere

The biggest gainers from the new arrangement negotiated at Durban are the fossil fuel-driven industries of the North and other major polluters. The biggest losers are the cause of climate protection, besides underprivileged people, especially those who live in small island states and the least developed countries.

Those who had pinned their hopes on the Durban climate conference to produce a last-ditch formula to save the world’s gravely endangered climate system will be sorely disappointed at its outcome. The 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) produced, to put it candidly, a disaster of historic proportions. Durban was the world’s last chance to ensure that global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions peak by the end of this decade and that new life is breathed into the globe’s sole legally binding climate agreement, the Kyoto Protocol, so that catastrophic climate change is averted. That chance has now been lost.

The New Apartheid

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