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Dot Earth: Consensus Emerges On Common Climate Path
2010-12-11 06:26:53.122 GMT

Dec. 11 (New York Times) -- What a difference a year makes.
Climate talks ended in Copenhagen one year ago in raucous, then
deflated, division, with the resulting accord noted, but not
formally embraced, by the nearly 200 countries aiming to make
good on an 18-year-old pledge under the first climate treaty to
limit dangerous human-driven warming.
In Cancun, perhaps because the pressure was off to "seal the
deal," nearly all of the world's nations rallied late Friday
night around Mexico's foreign secretary, Patricia Espinosa, and
the text she offered as a rough template for an eventual global
climate agreement. You can read the full text of the Mexican
draft below.
Here's a video snippet of a pivotal moment, when applause
for Espinosa erupted earlier Friday evening, shot by one of the
Adopt a Negotiator youths roaming the halls:
.This is still early days, with more to wrap up in the
morning and a very long road ahead through Durban, South Africa
in 2011 and the 20th anniversary of the original Framework
Convention on Climate Change in 2012.
The best place to track the proceedings overnight is in the
live conference Webcast and through the #cop16 tag on Twitter.
Here are some "moments" captured on Twitter, followed by a
link to the text:
@kate_sheppard: Japan says we like the text, so let's all go
@kmac: China: We are basically satisfied.
@climatebrad: United States (Todd Stern): "Let's get this
deal done and put the world on a path to a low-emissions and more
sustainable future."
@revkin: Jairam Ramesh of India in culminating plenary: "The
trust deficit has been considerably bridged."
Do you see any favorite Tweets?
Here's a pdf file of the text.
Here's more video from the members of "Generation E" at
Adopt a Negotiator:

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