From Durban to Rio
The Commonwealth Club of California, February 29, 2012
Thomas C. Heller, Executive Director
For the first time ever, developing and industrialized countries are crawling together toward a new treaty to reduce greenhouse gases. While there is serious doubt that a meaningful global deal will ever materialize, supporters of the UN process find hope in an agreement struck in Durban to craft by 2015 a new deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Others say that bureaucratic process will not produce a deal with teeth in time to avert climate catastrophe, and that bilateral and industry-focused pacts have a better chance of stemming carbon pollution. With the Rio + 20 conference on the horizon, join us for a conversation with top experts surveying international efforts to wean the world off fossil fuels. After the program, attendees will have the opportunity to network and engage with people going to Rio+20.