Towards Four Degree Global Warming?: The Durban Climate Conference and the Roles of the Major Industrial Powers and the BASIC Group
The Durban climate conference postponed all significant climate action beyond 2020, by when it may be too late to limit climate change by making global emissions peak. The world seems on course to catastrophic warming of 4 degrees Celsius, well above the tolerable threshold of 1.5 to 2 degrees.
The conference outcome further weakens the commitments and disciplines pledged in the past. The extension of the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 and creation of the Green Climate Fund’s empty shell do not compensate for the setback to the cause of a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal.
In this seminar, Praful Bidwai, Durgabai Deshmukh Chair in Social Development, Equity and Human Security, Council for Social Development (Delhi) will assess the outcome of the December 2011 COP17 climate conference in Durban.
For more information, or to register to attend, see the event page on the UNU-IAS website.