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Patrick Bond on COP17: “A Dirty Deal is Coming Down”

Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil SocietyPolitics of Climate JusticeAs COP17 is steadily drawing to a close with an agreemement to be passed on Friday, Patrick Bond, author of Politics of Climate Justice, predicts some of the “sleazy” outcomes:

What, now, are the prospects for a climate deal by Friday at the UN climate summit in Durban?

The biggest problem is obvious: COP17 saboteurs from the US State Department joined by Canada, Russia and Japan, want to bury the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol treaty. Instead of relaxing intellectual property rules on climate technology and providing a fair flow of finance, Washington offers only a non-binding ‘pledge and review’ system.

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