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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:17 AM

UN climate talks open in Qatar

Source: AP-Excite

By KARL RITTER

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - U.N. talks on a new climate pact resumed Monday in oil and gas-rich Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it.

The two-decade-old talks have not fulfilled their main purpose: reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are warming the planet.

Attempts to create a new climate treaty failed in Copenhagen three years ago but countries agreed last year to try again, giving themselves a deadline of 2015 to adopt a new treaty.

Several issues need to be resolved by then, including how to spread the burden of emissions cuts between rich and poor countries. That's unlikely to be decided in the Qatari capital of Doha, where negotiators will focus on extending the Kyoto Protocol, an emissions deal for industrialized countries, and trying to raise billions of dollars to help developing countries adapt to a shifting climate.

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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121126/DA2PLAT01.html




In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, conference flags are displayed ahead of the Doha Climate Change Conference, in Doha, Qatar. As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas rich Qatar for annual talks on curbing climate change, one of the main challenges will be raising hundreds of billions of dollars to help poor nations adapt to a warming world that may damage their health, agriculture and economies. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:31 AM

1. OMG - the whole city looks like TrumpLand on Cheese Steroids

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:42 AM

2. President Obama needs to take this opportunity.

President Obama needs to be at that meeting (at least the most important parts of it) and help bring about a worldwide agreement, at least a tentative one. Then he needs to bring that agreement back to the Senate and tell them that if they don't ratify it, those senators will not be able to pass on to their children a world worth living in. There needs to be compromise. The U.S. may have to make some sacrifices, may have to take on cuts that some perceive as more than our burden. But so will other countries. Gotta get those CO2 emissions down. Gotta get that process started.

I'm sick of hearing about how Obama can't make a treaty because any treaty needs the Senate's ratification and they would never do it. Make an agreement at the meeting. Then tell the Senate they have to ratify it because humanity's future depends on it. Dare them to pull that denial stuff.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAVE THE PLANET AS A HABITAT THAT WILL SUPPORT HUMAN BEINGS.

See http://www.cop18.qa/

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:37 AM

3. I'll use my 1000th post in this account, to point out the irony, ...

The 2012 Climate Change Conference being held in one of the fossil fuel capitols on the earth.

So concerned scientists and politicians jet to Doha to solve our CO2 problems. Why does this not give me confidence.

Ah well not much more irony than Bretton Woods solving the world's economic problems in a sleepy little village in the mountains of New Hampshire.

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