Monday, February 9, 2015, 7:30-9:00p, 1174 Euclid Ave, Berkeley
Based on encouragement from newly announced agreements between the United States and China, there was new momentum for the Lima talks. The deal between the world’s two biggest carbon polluters was followed just days later by a US pledge to contribute $3 billion to a fund to help poor countries deal with climate change.
Although there was urgency and optimism going into the talks, there was disappointment coming out. In Lima, each nation pledged to present an emissions cutback plan in March, with a grace period until June. The resulting aggregation of plans would be the foundation of the long-sought global pact to be made final over the next year and signed by world leaders in Paris in December 2015.
But this breakthrough in the Lima talks has one very big problem. The pledges are voluntary.
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