The Durban climate conference concluded last weekend with a successful last-ditch effort to salvage some notion of cooperation. The outcome would be quite nice if there were no particular urgency about taking action. As is, it seems to me we are making some progress, but there is no more denying that as a world community, we are letting slip the option to limit the risk of dangerous climate change to the levels previously deemed acceptable. We are, effectively, taking a bet that impacts will turn out to be at the low end of the predicted range. This is certainly a possible outcome
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