The Copenhagen conundrum

The news media has been full of the controversies surrounding the climate change summit at Copenhagen. Prime space and time has been accorded to the stand-off between members of India’s negotiating team as also to the stand-off between the developing and the developed world; within the developing world and within the developed world too! There seems to be a complete breakdown in negotiations.

Why are the governments of the world in such an unprecedented situation? The answers probably lie in the increasingly undeniable and threatening findings of science (the leaked e-mail exchanges notwithstanding), the numbing and desperate moral responsibility arising from the knowledge of the impact of current decisions and negotiating skills on the future existence of millions and balancing the above with a narrowly defined — both in terms of geographical and time scales — task of protecting national interests.

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