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14 December 2017 05:08 (South Africa)

Hopes for a genuine climate change deal wane at Bonn talks

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Over last two weeks, climate negotiators enjoyed a great and open debate at the Bonn, Germany, conference, but even the previously most optimistic of them agree the world is in the mercy of big industrial nations.

"As things stand now, we will not be able to halt the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years," UN chief negotiator Yvo de Boer said in Bonn. "The 2-degree world is in danger. The door to a 1.5-degree world is rapidly closing.”

Read more: New Scientist, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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