The COP 24 climate conference ended with the Polish minister in charge of the talks leaping from the podium into the crowd in gleeful celebration at all that had been accomplished. In truth, some progress was made. COP 24 was primarily designed to establish the technical rules that will allow the world community to accurately assess which nations are meeting the carbon reduction commitments they agreed to in Paris 3 years ago and which are not.
A Good Agreement
On that front, the conference can claim it had some success. “This is a good agreement,” the European commissioner Miguel Cañete told The Guardian. “We have more to do but we can move forward now.” Technical talks will continue as governments prepare for next year’s conference in Chile. That conference was supposed to take place in Brazil, but that country withdrew its offer. Its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is a rabid climate change denier who intends to destroy large swaths of the Amazon rain forest to allow for more oil drilling and agriculture.
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