With the dramatic launch of the American-led air war in Syria, and the escalation of Middle Eastern hostilities against ISIL, the critically important UN Climate Summit in New York has had to compete on mainstream media with the far more dramatic war coverage.
I am writing this from the BRICS summit in Durban, where it is clear that the huge momentum of these emerging markets -- especially when it comes to their relationship with Africa -- is not slowing down.
We need more of this kind of innovativeness and initiative. The climate isn't cooling anytime soon and it's clear that climate talks will continue to be inconclusive. So companies and consumers, the ball is in your court.
I was on the edge of my seat hanging onto his every word. Landry Ninteretse, a youth climate activist from Burundi, was speaking in front of hundreds at the U.N. Climate Negotiations in Durban, South Africa.
While some progress was made in the latest round of United Nations' climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, there was little progress on either carbon pricing or financing for action against climate change.
The national delegations from around the world now have a challenging task: To find a way to include all key countries in a structure that brings about meaningful emissions reductions on an appropriate timetable at acceptable cost.
Christine Shearer's extraordinary chronicle of a native Alaskan village's demise and inevitable relocation due to climate changes ranks as one of the most timely and important books to be published in 2011.
Does the Durban Platform really "set a new course for the global fight against climate change"? Maybe, but it will require a whole lot of work by the likes of the United States and China to keep the world on that course.
The key question, at this point, is whether the Durban outcome has put the world in a place and on a trajectory whereby it is more likely than it was previously to establish a sound foundation for meaningful long-term action.
The diplomatic community is publicly patting itself on the back for the "deal" in Durban. The problem is, as any first year American law student could tell you, there is no "deal." What there is is a promise to make a promise.
As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.