In The Field

Poznan: Yvo de Boer holds the line

UN climate chief Yvo de Boer was again hit with questions during today’s news conference regarding the goal for Copenhagen. As with the Kyoto accord, it could take multiple years to get all the details worked out, he said, but an overarching, ratifiable treaty must be signed. De Boer didn’t flinch when asked whether it would constitute “failure” if said agreement does not include specific commitments for developed nations to reduce greenhouse gases (which is farther than many believe Barack Obama will be able to go his first year in office).

“Yes.”

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