As reported in OneWorld, attendees at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia will not be rehashing the same hackneyed arguments about the existence of anthropogenic climate change. Well, most of them, anyway.
But without the political grandstanding over the existence of scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, whatever shall conference attendees do? Officials have a few ideas:
- decisions be taken on promoting practical action to help countries adapt to climate change, including the establishment of a new global fund;
- an agreement be reached to continue the work of an expert group on the transfer of useful technologies to poorer nations;
- a plan is made to launch a pilot program to curb deforestation worldwide: "Deforestation accounts for up to 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by humans, so we have to come to grips with it," said de Boer;
- the Clean Development Mechanism, a fund to encourage wealthier countries to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in poorer countries, be adjusted to provide more money for poor developing countries, particularly in Africa.
For more on the Bali conference and the politics of global climate change, listen to Diane Rehm today (12/4) at 10:00am EST