Warsaw Talks Arrive With Tempered Ambitions

Poland's Environment Minister and President of this years COP19 Climate Change Conference, Marcin Korolec addresses to the delegates of the conference on November 11, 2013 in Warsaw.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Nov. 11, 2013, 2:59 a.m.

World lead­ers are meet­ing in Po­land on Monday to kick off a United Na­tions sum­mit on cli­mate change, but hopes for a ground­break­ing agree­ment on lim­it­ing emis­sions are slim at best. The best hope is for lim­ited move­ment that sets the stage for a 2015 deal.

Such a deal, Re­u­ters re­ports, “will not halt a creep­ing rise in tem­per­at­ures but might be a guide for tough­er meas­ures in later years.” In the wake of the glob­al eco­nom­ic slow­down, many gov­ern­ments are more fo­cused on re­cov­er­ing eco­nom­ic health than switch­ing to re­new­able en­ergy.

An­oth­er is­sue: Any cli­mate agree­ment re­quires con­sensus, but what that means is un­clear, Bloomberg re­ports. That has caused is­sues at past sum­mits, as the chair of the pro­ceed­ings — who will be a French of­fi­cial for the Warsaw talks — is charged with de­term­in­ing con­sensus.

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