Durban at the crossroads

As week two heads to a close, international talks at COP17 have come down to a choice of form over substance: push ahead with top-down legally binding targets or put Kyoto on ice and start again.

Mid-way through the second week here at COP17 in Durban it is apparent that the international climate regime stands at a crossroads: push ahead with top-down legally binding targets or stick Kyoto in the freezer and pursue, in the meantime, a bottom-up set of common standards in pledging and reviewing mitigation action. At its core, this has come down to a choice of form over substance.

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