Cancun, the end of the beginning?

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Sir Winston ChurchillSpeech in November 1942

The success of Cancun in getting agreement to a deal, even a weak deal, should not be underestimated. The important result is not so much in the content of the deal but the fact of the deal. No doubters are still strong enough to prevent all major nations from agreeing that a deal to create a process to manage the global reduction of emissions is necessary, possible and desirable.
The Telegraph reports that the EU is likely to raise its targets to achieve CO2 emissions in response to the agreement. This in turn would trickle down to the UK and put further pressure on UK Governments to exceed their current targets. Not to increase the target itself, but to shorten the timescale for achieving them.
The language of the agreement is both poetic and corporate, and leaves no room for doubters. Here are some highlights. See the remainder here.
Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet, and thus requires to be urgently addressed by all Parties,
Affirming the legitimate needs of developing country Parties for the achievement of sustained economic growth and the eradication of poverty, so as to be able to deal with climate change,
Noting resolution 10/4 of the United Nations Human Rights Council on ‘human rights and climate change’, which recognizes that the adverse effects of climate change have a range of direct and indirect implications for the effective enjoyment of human rights and that the effects of climate change will be felt most acutely by those segments of the population that are already vulnerable owing to geography, gender, age, indigenous or minority status and disability.


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