Sunday 10 December 2017

Geoffrey Lean: How the Dirty Three – US, China and India – were shamed into coming clean and going green

PERHAPS it was Yogi Berra, the great baseball player, who best summed up the results of the latest fraught round of climate talks which ended, 36 hours late, as the dawn rose on Durban yesterday after a third consecutive all-night session. "When you come to a fork in the road," he said, "take it."

For the past two years, ever since the disappointing Copenhagen climate summit, the 194 negotiating nations have stood indecisively at just such a junction. In one direction leads a steep and rugged pathway to a global agreement – legally binding on developed and developing countries alike – to cut emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

In the other lies a gentler and more beguiling roadway, paved with voluntary measures and good intentions, which looks like leading to an ultimately hellish climate.

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