By GREG McMILLAN
NOW THAT the dust has mostly settled on climate change talks held in Durban, South Africa, media reaction has been wide-ranging from around the world.
Some analysts are quick to opine that polluters around the world won a major victory while others trumpeted that the pact/compromise represents an ‘historic agreement.”
We take a look at some of the wide-ranging takes on the deal, where 195 countries came up with a plan for a legally binding emissions reduction scheme by 2015.
Was it hit or miss?
- First The Economist says that “Something came out of it. Which is probably better than nothing.”
- The Vancouver Sun says that “the climate change deal faces major hurdles and Canadian Environment Minister is ‘cautiously optimistic’ on the 2015 deadline.
- The Financial Mail says the issues about climate change were left “mostly unresolved.”
- The Express Tribune says the “UN body agrees to forge a new climate treaty, but environmental groups have lamented the lack of resolve to cut emissions.
- A CBC.ca news poll asks: “What do you think about the new climate agreement?”
- The Winnipeg Free Press says there are now “building blocks of a future climate deal.”And a blog in The Guardian asks: Why is it so easy to save the banks – but so hard to save the biosphere?
All we can say is: You should be the judge.
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Last but not least: Why Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is standing firm on his green energy policies despite the auditor general’s scathing report, which criticized the hefty subsidies paid to those generating clean electricity.
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