Looking Towards Solutions April 20, 2011 : 6:37 PM

While debate in Washington may seem frozen, the world is moving towards solutions:

“As some elected officials in the United States deny the science of climate change and vote against limits on carbon pollution, it’s looking quite a bit different on the international stage. Last week, representatives from around the world gathered in Bangkok for the first UN climate talks of 2011. The meeting ended with a work plan for the year, which sets the groundwork for the next intercessional negotiating session, to be held in Bonn, Germany in June. This will be followed by the 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, at the end of this year. However, tough issues remain before nations can take another step forward toward solving the climate crisis.”

“2010 ended on a relative high note for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. At the 16th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, countries agreed to a package of decisions referred to as the Cancun Agreements. The Cancun Agreementswere an important step forward, but were not ambitious enough to solve the problem of global climate change and left many difficult decisions unanswered.”