Today, November 26 the UN climate change conference has started in Doha, Qatar, which will last until December 7. Environmnent ministers from almost 200 countries gathered hoping to formulate a long-lasting approach to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the developed countries and also helping poor nations adapt to it.
The future of the Kyoto Protocol is the major topic since it expires at the end of the year. Last year, in Durban, South Africa, the countries agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol, but the did not decide if the extension will be five or eight years. South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who led last year’s talks in Durban said that “We owe it to our people, the global citizenry. We owe it to our children to give them a safer future than what they are currently facing”.
Today, as the conference was officialy opened by the former Qatari oil minister Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah there were no announcements regarding the actions. “We should not concentrate on the per capita (emissions), we should concentrate on the amount from each country,” Al-Attiyah told reporters. I think Qatar is the right place to host” the conference, he added. A choice that was found ironic by environmentalists found as the tiny Persian Gulf emirate owes its wealth to large resources of gas and oil and emits more greenhouse gases per capita than any other nation.
The world’s eyes will be on Qatar for the next two weeks and waiting for an agreement among the nations that at last will effectively reduce greenhouse gases and thus will prevent a bleak future of our planet.
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