at the final day of the #occupycop17, there was a rain soaked general assembly and an all night vigil at the Speakers Corner. this is Jeff Lowensteins’ report as he found us that all-too-bright morning

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein's Blog

It’s just after 9:00 a.m. local time here in Durban, and COP17 continues to grind on to an uncertain conclusion.

All meetings have been postponed until 10:00 a.m., raising questions among some about whether a deal will be struck.

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference web site has posted three documents since last night that seemed to indicate the nations were moving to a conclusion.

The Bigger Picture document extends the planning process to arrive at a legal instrument by 2015. The phrasing is deliberate and could represent an effort to appease the United States, which firmly opposed the creating of a legally binding standard. This “road map” is the product of a proposal the European Union introduced and advocated for strongly.

The second document calls for a second commitment period extension of the Kyoto Protocol to begin on January 1 2013 and to end December 31 2017.

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