Assessing the UN Climate Change Conference

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Protester displays a placard during the UN Climate Change conference in Durban. (Alexander Joe/Getty)

It's the second day of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. For the next two weeks, delegates from 194 nations will meet in Durban, South Africa to discuss the future of international climate change legislation. But amid such concerns as the looming expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, a perennial question emerges: Why have actions to stanch global warming been so timid? And will this conference do anything to change that?

Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben shares his opinions on these matters.


Bill McKibben

Comments [1]

Larry from Cresskill, NJ

Listening to Bill McKibben this morning reminding me of the silliness and the naivete of some of the debate on global warming. Mr.Mckibben cited the delay of the pipeline from Canada as a victory. Canada will now direct this oil to China and the Far East where environmental controls are lax. While I have never visited China, I do understand that enviromentalists have been jailed or medicated in psychiatric hospitals as a result of their protests. I have personally seen the astounding level of devastation that the oil companies have wrought in Nigeria.
By moving the problems to areas that Americans are not concerned about only shifts and exacerbates the problems. It only makes those less aware feel good that they have fought the good battle even if they have added to the problem.

Nov. 29 2011 11:00 AM

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