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After two long weeks of stumping for Mother Earth, environmental activists succeeded in getting 35 industrialized nations to renew the Kyoto Protocol for another eight years. That’s the good news.

The bad news, as many climate change delegates are pointing out, is that big greenhouse gas emitters like Russia, Japan and Canada have bowed out of the only legally binding treaty that compels countries to lower their industrial output.

That means the adherents who are now bound by the protocol – namely, Australia and several European countries – account for only 15 percent of global emissions.

The near-200 nations who attended the convention also agreed to table the other major sticking point that caused COP18 negotiations to run an extra day – the financing of poorer countries to help them cope with climate changes. That issue will be revisited at next year’s convention in Warsaw, Poland.

Mother Jones reports:

Brazilian Minister of Environment Izabella Teixeira summed up the outcome pretty well in her statement to the plenary session Saturday night:

“We are not fully satisfied with the outcome achieved. We wanted more. We believe more is needed. But we also believe that a Conference that ensured KP2 is, by definition, a success.”

But “success” was not the conclusion reached by many of the NGOs who attended COP18.

In a statement, Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International, said:

Today we ask the politicians in Doha: Which planet are you on? Clearly not the planet where people are dying from storms, floods and droughts. Nor the planet where renewable energy is growing rapidly and increasing constraints are being placed on the use of dirty fuels such as coal. The talks in Doha were always going to be a modest affair, but they failed to live up to even the historically low expectations.

Here are his comments to Al Jazeera, in which he calls the conclusion of the 15 days of talks “a betrayal.”

For its part, host and COP president Qatar expressed pride in helping the negotiating nations renew Kyoto, which was slated to expire at the end of this year.

COP18 reports:

Speaking at a press conference immediately after the final agreement was reached, Mr Al-Attiya said: “All of that happened here in Doha in the past two weeks. So it is absolutely something that I and many of my colleagues around this room feel extremely proud, to be part of the team that produced COP18/CMP8 Doha, and share part of that success going forward.”

So, who’s glad Qatar’s largest conference ever is finally over, and who’s sad to see it go?

Thoughts?

Credit: Photo by CGIAR Climate

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Barring a meeting of the minds last night, COP18 climate change talks have been extended another day, as delegates began a new session of negotiations this morning at 7:30am.

But whether any groundbreaking agreements on combatting global warming will be made remains to be seen, AP reports:

“The deal in Doha is a recipe for disaster. The deal in Doha is a coffin for the planet,” said Michael Dorsey, a professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, speaking outside the negotiations.

“We will see the failure to have emission targets sufficiently high enough. We are going to see the failure to move critical resources to countries on the margin in the developing world who desperately need resources to get out ahead of the unfolding climate catastrophe that is playing out around the planet.”

Others were more optimistic, with the Guardian reporting that the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding treaty that outlines by how much countries should reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, is “on the verge of being rescued.”

But financing has been a key sticking point during the talks over the past two weeks, according to Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark: 

“The United States and the bigger states don’t want to make concessions for poorer states.” 

Three years ago, developed countries pledged to up climate change aid to poorer nations to $100 billion annually by 2020 — but when asked by island and African nations during these talks, did not produce a timetable or ideas for how that money will be raised.

Qatar’s role

Disappointment over Qatar’s failure to make a non-binding pledge to reduce its own emissions and the country’s inability as host to get nations to agree on a deal also circulated.

The Guardian reports:

Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director at the green campaigning group Natural Resources Defence Capital, said: “There’s a cultural mismatch between the Qatari team and this process. They think deal-making is beneath them. They are not managing very well.”

One delegate accused the Qataris of going home early on Thursday instead of working through the night on the draft texts, which hosts are expected to do.

This morning, however, Qatar continued to push for an agreement to be met:

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Watch the remarks made during the morning’s informal plenary session here. Talks will resume after a short break.

Thoughts?

Credit: Photo courtesy of COP18 on Twitter