Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pursuing a Moratorium on New Fossil Fuel Development

If we are serious about efforts to manage climate change it is essential that we find a way to curtail new fossil fuel development. The United Nations is the best place to get countries to begin discussing a moratorium.

The 195 parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Bonn, Germany between April 29 and May 3 to discuss a new climate treaty. The is one of several weeks of meetings before the annual Convention of the Parties (COP 19) negotiations in Poland this November. The main issues, as always, will be deciding how big the emissions cuts will be, the timing of those cuts and what the contribution should be for each country.

Prior to the meeting, Meena Raman, negotiation expert at the Third World Network said “There are two things to tackle in Bonn: how developed countries fulfill their promises to cut emissions deep and meet their financial commitments to enable developing countries to address climate change now.”

However, developed countries and blocs like the U.S., Canada and the European Union have not given any indication that they are ready to increase their promised emission cuts. The current level of promised emissions cuts are insufficient to achieve the two-degree C.

The Canadian government is likely to continue to resist efforts to reduce new Fossil fuel development as they are committed to maximize the revenue generated by the Alberta tar-sands aka the dirtiest project on earth.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved..

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