|Hurray for Earth!|
The world forum also launched a "Green Climate Fund" to help channel up to $US100 billion a year in aid to poor, vulnerable countries by 2020, an initiative born under the 2009 Copenhagen Summit. Approval came after two-and-a-half days of round-the-clock wrangling among 194 nations.
Even by UNFCCC standards, the meeting broke the record for going into overtime.
The talks should have ended on Friday but wrapped up in the dawn light of Sunday amid scenes of exhaustion and shredded nerves.
And the often stormy exchanges reflected concerns among many countries over the cost of making energy efficiencies and switching to clean renewable sources at a time of belt-tightening. The UNFCCC's chief Christiana Figueres was exultant. Citing the words of Nelson Mandela, she said on Twitter: "In honour of Mandela: It always seems impossible until it is done. And it is done!" Chief US negotiator Todd Stern said he thought that in the end the conference ended up "quite well". "The first time you will see developing countries agreeing, essentially, to be bound by a legal agreement," Stern said." Read More....
Posted by Kathy Meeh