Carbon-pricing may be off the table, but there is agreement to keep pushing after crucial Paris talks in December
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Climate activists are encouraged by some measured progress at recent talks in Germany, but said there’s still a long way to go to meet the ambitious goal of creating a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of global warming.
One of the most positive signs at the recent Bonn talks is that most countries seem prepared to keep talking after the COP21 conference in Paris — crucial because the Paris talks likely won’t deliver a deal that meets the make-or-break goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius.“We don’t have eons to tackle this,” said David Waskow, the international climate director at World Resources Institute. “Having countries agree that there will be an ongoing process (after Paris) to ramp up actions, and also to continue building up resilience is important,” Waskow said.
After the Bonn meeting this week, it also seems all but certain that a global carbon emissions trading program is off the table for now, Waskow said. Key things to watch for at the Paris conference include whether there will be a long long-term goal for global emissions reductions — not just a temperature target, he added.
Members of the global Climate Action Network who observed the Bonn talks said there’s an urgent need to step up the pace of negotiations in the next few months to ensure a good outcome in Paris.