Thank God We Now Have a "Climate Roadmap" or We Might Not Know How to Find Our Climate
Bali Forum Backs Climate 'Road Map' U.S. Accedes on Aid Pledges, Wins Fight to Drop Specific Targets for Emissions Cuts
By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, December 16, 2007; A01
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec. 15 -- Delegates from nearly 190 countries emerged from a final 24 hours of bruising negotiations Saturday with an agreement on a new framework for tackling global warming, one that for the first time calls on both the industrialized world and rapidly developing nations to commit to measurable, verifiable steps.
The deal, which will form the basis for a two-year, U.N.-sponsored process aimed at forging a binding international climate pact by the end of 2009, could transform the way rich and poor nations work together to preserve a rapidly warming Earth, observers said. But it also postpones many tough decisions and provides more incentives than penalties when it comes to addressing global warming.