Daily Archives: April 12, 2009

Fiona Harvey

The lack of progress on climate change at Bonn between March 29 to April 8 was certainly discouraging, though hardly surprising. There is very little time to negotiate a new climate treaty before the final UN meeting in Copenhagen in December, and this first two-week meeting was mainly taken up by arguments over finance and the extent of emissions cuts by rich countries, as well as complex technical discussions about the legal status of a new treaty and decisions about when the next meetings should be.

As usual at these affairs, everyone has to have their say in exhaustive detail, and after umpteen discussions and votes about whether it was too late to include new submissions on a variety of arcane technical subjects, everyone got thoroughly fed up but no one seemed to know whether we were much further on. Read more