'Crunch Time' for Climate Change

Publication: BBC News

Author: Richard Black

12/11/2007 - "You can think of the Kyoto Protocol as a 10-year-old child," mused Ichiro Kamoshita, environment minister of the country where the complex and controversial climate treaty was signed a decade ago.

"You have had only 10 years to raise that child, so you cannot be disappointed because it's not what you expected after only 10 years."

For a moment this week, negotiators at this year's round of UN climate talks in Bali were able to pause and contemplate the treaty, which their forerunners' compiled in the 1997 Kyoto winter.


"There is growing recognition among developing country delegates that 'differentiation' does not only mean between developed and developing but within the developing group," says Philip Clapp, deputy managing director of the Pew Environment Group.

"And there is a clear commitment on part of all countries, most notably China, to move forward and get a blueprint that will include some form of participation, though not targets, among at least a small group of developing countries."

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