Climate deal just a ‘plan to make a plan’ [News]

December 14, 2011 by  
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By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 14 Dec 2011.

It has been hailed by some as ground-breaking for getting all countries to agree to work together.

But environmental NGOs, or non-governmental organisations, in Singapore are not enamoured with the outcome of the recently concluded United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa.

On top of harbouring little hope that the annual conference would yield a legally binding agreement for all nations, they say the deal to work towards such an agreement is hardly ambitious enough to protect the world from irreversible climate change.

‘The agreement is fundamentally a plan to make a plan, and it can only be hailed as a success once a legally binding deal has been officially adopted,’ said a sceptical Jose Raymond, executive director of the Singapore Environment Council.

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Source: The Straits Times

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