Mainstreaming climate change

Authored by: Shyam Saran

Handbook of Climate Change and India

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781849713580
eBook ISBN: 9780203153284
Adobe ISBN: 9781136521584

10.4324/9780203153284.ch27

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Abstract

The international momentum which was built up for global action on climate change in the run up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit of December 2009, has now largely dissipated. The Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at Cancun, Mexico, in December 2010, reached a consensus on a set of Cancun Agreements, but only after a significant dilution of the original mandate adopted at Bali in 2007. This is regrettable because the challenge posed by climate change has only become more urgent and compelling. The window of opportunity still open to avoid irreversible and possibly catastrophic consequences to our planet’s fragile ecology has probably narrowed even further.

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