In the week following the closing of the Cancun climate conference, a discussion has rage about outcome weather was a pace ahead or back. Smart people who share the same goals, interpretation of facts, and analysis of what is needed, have come to opposite conclusions.
At the center of the debate is the insufficiency of the assurance prepared by urbanized countries to limit their emissions of greenhouse gases, and that indicates by those pledges might be curved in the legally obligatory commitments.
The World Resources Institute argues that Cancun took an important step forward :
While it is clear that the current aims are scarce to decrease emissions to the levels need to stay within 2 degree warm, it is an important step for integrate them at the UNFCCC decision and to clarify assumption essential them. These objectives previously was only noted at Copenhagen Accord, now they are formally under the UNFCCC and should be the basis for the review clauses [to consider strengthening the goal to 1.5°].
Maybe still two levels forward? E3G calls the result a "lifeline for the international climate meeting." NRDC describes it a "foundation on which to build greater action," and German Watch refers to it as a groundbreaking achievement.
The Bolivia government, the sole rebel says on the last night of the talks at Cancun climate, directly opposite the agreement and is now threatening to take legal action. Chief Bolivia's speakers Ambassador Pablo Solon explains the Cancun accord as.
It is hard to see how an agreement which gives only element of the system to the goal might be called a stride backwards. Settled, the necessity of the problem requires us to take 10 steps forward.