The Guardian reports that even John Prescott, the former UK deputy prime minister and now Council of Europe's rapporteur on climate change, who was bullish even on the day after Copenhagen had ended in a fiasco, now thinks that we should not expect the next round of negotiation to agree on targets. He is quoted as saying: 'I don't care if it's government ministers or NGOs, if they think you can get a legal agreement all signed up by November in Mexico, I don't believe it.' The Guardian story says:
One of the most senior British climate officials told the Guardian that a legally binding deal, while desirable, was now no longer the critical thing: "What people seem to forget is that an agreement does not reduce one molecule of carbon dioxide – it's national policies that do that."Read the whole article here.
The shift of emphasis from a global deal to national action stems directly from the problem that wrecked the Copenhagen summit, and which remains unresolved. The UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), the secretariat for climate treaties, makes decisions by unanimous agreement of all 192 member countries, and was described as "fatally cumbersome" by one close observer.