‘Unprecedented in the history of mankind’ – were the thoughts of engineer, Dr Alison Cooke, from the University of Cambridge as she observed at first hand her first UN Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting in Cancun, Mexico. ‘The Cancun Conference restored confidence in the UNFCCC process which had been so badly damaged at Copenhagen’, said environment consultant, Claire Parker, because it identified the topics on which an agreement is in sight, and the technical issues that need to be resolved to bring that about.
Sir Crispin Tickell, former UK Ambassador to the UN, and an outsider at Cancun, felt that ‘if Copenhagen mostly failed, Cancun partly succeeded. Negotiations to set up arrangements to manage the enormous and growing problems our society faces over issues ranging from climate change (or as I prefer to call it climate destabilization) to destruction of forests, were at least put back on track for the next round at Durban’.
However, Professor Mike Hulme writing from the University of East Anglia, was concerned that ‘without a more generous and decisive spirit from industrialised countries, with legally-binding commitments backed up by sanctions, Cancun does very little to raise the hopes of the world’s two billion poorest people’.
Certainly, adaptation to climate change remains high on the international agenda as will be seen in current and future papers from exp
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