The United Nations is hosting its annual Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa this year. The conference began last week, and it wraps up on Friday. Countries are trying to decide how to extend and improve the Kyoto Protocol, and how to help developing countries fund emissions reductions. The biggest headline so far is a tenuous offer from China to reduce it’s emissions, but there is little hope for any major agreement or treaty to come out of this conference.
Where does that leave the global effort to combat climate change? With some reports that more Americans than ever believe in the phenomenon, what’s being done to prevent it? We check in with researchers to hear about new developments in climate change science, new policies, and whether anything is working to slow climate change.
What new climate change research or policies speak to you and why?
- Tim Gardner: Energy and environment correspondent for Reuters
- Philip Mote: Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute