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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Posted Dec. 14, 2011
Interview with Daphne Wysham, , co-director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, conducted by Scott Harris
As the 17th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa concluded on Dec. 11, many environmental activists were disappointed with the results, but relieved that the talks hadn’t collapsed. With the 1997 Kyoto protocol treaty on global warming set to expire, the conference in Durban was tasked with negotiating an agreed-upon path toward developing a new international treaty that will control greenhouse gas emissions.
Negotiators from the European Union argued for a legally binding treaty that would cover the entire world, including developing nations that had been exempt under Kyoto. The 11th hour agreement hammered out in Durban pledged to work toward a new global treaty by 2015, but due to objections from India and China, the legal force of such an agreement remains ambiguous. Negotiators in Durban also established a $100 billion Green Climate Fund to assist poor nations in adapting to climate change and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. But the source of the money for the fund has not yet been settled.
While there was progress in some areas, leading scientists are alarmed that the conference in Durban failed to agree on any plan to dramatically cut emissions necessary to avoid the future destructive effects of global warming. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Daphne Wysham, co-director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Sustainable Energy and Economy Network. She summarizes the outcome of the U.N. Durban conference and the role the Obama administration played in the climate talks.