Monday, 31 March 2008

Legislation - Update

In a follow-up to the Bali negotiations last December, the first round of talks into the detail of the agreement that will take over from Kyoto starts in Thailand this week (I guess they all flew there!). The Kyoto agreement runs out in 2012 and this gathering is intended to set a timetable for negotiations before the UK Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in 2009.

The real crunch will be in pulling the US into the new agreement, although there have been signs recently that the US would agree if developing nations like China and India were also included. Not much is likely to happen before the new administration takes over in January 2009, though.

At the same time, the UK Climate Change Bill, said to be the first to legally commit a government to carbon emissions reductions, gets it's first vote in parliament today (Monday). There's a long way to go yet, though, and most of the challenges have been because it's not tough enough, with a target of 28-32% reduction in emissions by 2020 and 60% by 2050.

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