Countdown for the climate?
First climate conference to be held after the entry into force of the Kyoto ProtocolRead out
Since Monday, 28.11.2005 it is time again the international climate summit meets. Representatives from more than 180 countries are meeting in Montreal until December 7 to discuss how the seemingly inexorable climate change might be stopped or at least mitigated.
This year, however, the summit also marks a historic event: for the first time, the now 156 parties to the Kyoto Protocol are meeting here for their first conference. The sessions will focus on the full implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, improvements to existing mitigation instruments and the launch of a post-2012 negotiation process, according to the official plan.
And action is necessary. Because even while the politicians are debating, deliberating and unfortunately barely doing any action, climate change has long since begun. The CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have increased significantly, the critical limit of 450 ppm could be reached within the next 25 to 30 years. The sea level has risen three centimeters worldwide - faster than previously expected by climate scientists - and meteorologists report one "century event" after another.
The climate summit will therefore have to be judged by whether it finally introduces concrete and sufficient action in terms of climate protection, or whether it continues to remain with well-intentioned declarations of intent.
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