The meeting in Qatar in 2013 brings two hundred delegates to the table once again, to discuss the climate change topic on an international scale, with goals set for the year 2020. In the past year, the European Union has continued to support the efforts, but Canada, Japan and the United States indicated they will not offer support. On top of this already daunting challenge is the fact that there are underlying disagreements between the underdeveloped and developed countries as to who will carry what percentage of the financial burden. The original Kyoto agreement involved part of a vision that brought binding emission cuts by those countries in the industrialized work, but not in the fast industrialized countries such as India and China. At this time, these two are the third-largest and largest carbon emissions generators, respectively. According to reports by the International Energy Agency, developing countries account for over half of the world’s carbon emissions. In essence, something has to change in the direction of the vision, because it is vastly lop-sided.
In a fifteen year span since the original Kyoto meeting, the health of the environment has deteriorated at rapid levels. The changing weather patterns are bringing Northern Hemisphere crop failures, there are record ice melts in the Arctic Ocean as well as acidification of the oceans around the globe. Ships and tankers are now scheduling trips through the Arctic using pathways that were never before available, all due to the thinned ice cover.
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