In other words, can they restrict you to third world emission levels?
Can a new structure based on the notion of ‘equity’ replace the Kyoto pact?
Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter
ClimateWire: Monday, January 9, 2012
U.S. diplomats returned from last month’s global climate summit in Durban, South Africa, crowing that they had cracked the armor shielding China, India and other emerging nations from accepting binding emission cuts.
But now a serious challenge awaits them: preparing for an entirely new climate change regime.
Creating a different system — one that puts all countries on an even legal playing field while still remaining sensitive to different levels of wealth and historic emissions — promises to be a politically fraught and divisive task. Not only must negotiators decide how much more global warming responsibility the United States will have than China — they might also have to determine how to weigh mitigation obligations among countries like Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or South Korea.
At the core of this new debate, analysts say, lies the concept of equity. It is the policy that took center stage in Durban, yet its inner workings still remain murky. (ClimateWire)