Keeping up with COP17 is quite a task and as Chris Huhne and other senior ministers arrived in Durban earlier this week for the crucial second half of the talks, we thought we’d point you towards some of the best commentary from Durban.
The WWF’s Durban Diary has their latest blog posts and news from the talks, and gives an account of what’s going on covering everything from the Global Climate Fund, to pizza metaphors, and the chances of replacing Kyoto.
Climate Progress reporter, Stephen Lacey discusses how we judge success at COP17. With such a massive task ahead of us, some argue that we mustn’t forget the small incremental steps that are being taken; this is a sentiment that seems to be echoed in UN Chief, Ban Ki Moon’s recent assessment of the talks.
It’s become clear that economic circumstances are overshadowing the proceedings. Green party leader Caroline Lucas wrote in the Guardian that political will is the key to any progress in Durban and that ‘it’s the job of governments and civil society to make the case that it is both possible and desirable to tackle the economic crisis and the climate crisis at the same time.’
Jane Burston is blogging from Durban for Business Green and the Guardian has dedicated pages where you can keep up to date with the latest reports. Twitter #COP17 is another place to look for up to the minute information.
Finally, the UK Youth Climate Coalition’s youtube film ‘COP17 The story so far’ gives a simplistic take of what’s going on.
Nelson Mandela said, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’, with only two more days of negotiations to go we’ll soon find out what progress , if any, has been made.