Monday, December 28, 2009

Slate Mag's Moment of Clarity: UN process can not be central to global efforts to confront climate change

The Party's Over

Why Copenhagen was the climate conference to end all climate conferences.

By Michael A. Levi
COPENHAGEN, Denmark—I'm not sure whether it was the chicken-suited followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai wandering about or the experience of freezing slowly for seven hours as I waited to get into the Bella Center, but something happened in the last 10 days to convince me, once and for all, that the United Nations climate negotiations will never quite work. As the dust settles on this year's talks and observers try to understand exactly what happened here, one thing is for certain: The U.N. process can no longer be the central focus of global efforts to confront climate change.

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