Russia's chief climate negotiator said the country will "never" sign up to extend the Kyoto Protocol for a second implementation period, casting further doubt on chances of a deal at the international climate conference in South Africa at the end of this month.
"We will never sign Kyoto 2 because it would not cover every country," Oleg Shamanov, director of international cooperation on the environment at the Foreign Ministry, said late last week.
Refusal by Russia, Japan and Canada to renew Kyoto for a second period dashed hopes of an agreement at the Cancun climate talks last year.Looks like Death at Durban could be an accurate warning to the alarmists. Reuters reports that a new a broader climate deal is out of reach for now.
The view is recognition that agreement on a pact that commits all major greenhouse gas polluters to curbing the growth in planet-warming emissions is slipping further away, in part because of sluggish economic growth and a mounting debt crisis.As reported by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (from the Times of India) The European Union is also backing away from a new Kyoto agreement.
Negotiators from nearly 200 nations meet from Nov 28 to Dec 9 in Durban, South Africa, for an annual summit on climate change. Previous talks have failed to secure a successor to Kyoto -- the main global accord on tackling climate change.
EU insists that it will sign on to Kyoto II only if emerging economies agreed to binding targets by 2015 and start talks for it right away - a substantial shift from its position a year ago. But its attempt to formulate a 'coalition of the willing' seems doomed.
Consensus eluded a meeting of key countries on climate change, including India, EU, China and the US, called by Spain along with South Africa and Mexico at Madrid recently.
The meeting called days before the official UN climate talks start in Durban ended without agreement between countries on the need to kick-start negotiations on a new climate compact in Durban which puts binding commitments on emerging economies as well.
Thanks to GWPF
Also recommended to readers today is Steve Goddard of Real Science and his post discussing the adjusting of temperatures: