So what the did Cancún Conference on climate change accomplish?

So what did Cancún Conference on climate change accomplish? Probably that is the wrong question. Rather what would have happened if there was nothing to show from the Cancún meeting? Or if a significant number of countries had refused to join in the closing statement, either because they disagreed with its terms or were convinced …

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Looking Back along the Road to Cancun

The June G20 Summit is remembered for vandalism of buildings in downtown Toronto and the military tactics of Toronto police in closing down protests and dispersing protesters. It is disappointing that these recollections are what we retain of this gathering of world leaders. There had been hope that the Summit would achieve something on the …

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Alternative energy sources: an eye opener!

If you read my blog posting “Climate Change Law and Politics”, you have probably also read the comment of Keith Cleveland of Ripley, Ontario. He points out that there is a “catch 22” to the use of wind power as an alternative source of energy.  His comments on harnessing wind power, an important technology for …

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Climate Change Law and Politics – One year after Copenhagen

The Cancun Conference The Copenhagen Accord acknowledged the need for a worldwide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).    To get agreement, the Copenhagen Conference skirted issues on which there was division, such as the “developed” vs. “developing” country dispute.  The latter countries, in which China and India consider they belong, insist that countries in the …

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