CLIMATE SPECTATOR: Why Durban matters

Those who say Durban climate talks were a failure are missing the big picture: it advanced several substantive agreements that together can make a critical impact.

There are a lot of complaints about the outcome of the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, since it ended Sunday, December 11 around 6am after a 36-hour extension. It’s not the lack of sleep from observers waiting for an outcome that has led to so much resentment, but instead the perception that at the end of the day nothing really happened. But this conclusion is far from the truth.

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