DOHA concluded with lacklustre agreement
The latest meeting of national climate spokespersons has concluded in Qatar with the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol being extended to 2020.
It has been agreed that Developed Nations should support the abatement activities of Developing Nations. To do so, $10 billion a year to 2020 is expected to be supplied by Developed Nations. In addition, a potential deal to join Developing Nations with Developed Nations in a new treaty by 2015. This would overcome a great deal of the angst surrounding the Kyoto Protocol that separates nations considered to be poorer and still establishing infrastructure and raising the living standards of their population. Because of this nations like China, who is now the world’s largest emitter of green house gases, are not expected to abate at rates like richer nations such as the United Kingdom and the USA.
Although, the result was considered flawed and inadequate by representatives from small island nations that would be inundated with water if the sea level was to rise any further. According to them the agreed rise in temperature of 1.5 degrees would not be achieved and the world could instead expect a rise of ‘3,4,5’ degrees.