: It's not easy to summarise the decisions
made in the so-called Doha Climate Gateway. The outcome documents themselves are incredibly complex. The UNFCCC press release
is a little better, with a mere 4 pages.
Here's a few points from an unpalatable menu:Emissions
: those few countries participating in the new 8-year second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol must review their pledges for cutting emissions no later than 2014.
Those countries not participating in the Kyoto Protocol must attend workshops in 2013 to discuss ambition and submit their throughts to the secretariat.Climate Finance
: donor countries are encouraged to continue the existing level of fast start finance for the period 2013-2015. For longer term finance, governments will continue a work programme. The Green Climate Fund is not expected to launch activities until 2014.Loss and Damage
: a pathway has been established for creation of institutional arrangements to improve protection against slow onset events such as rising sea levels. Extreme weather events are presumably excluded.Hot Air Permits
: there's no sign of any plans to cancel the hangover of credits from the Soviet fallout. Some key countries have made political promises not to purchase these credits.