By Michael Grubb –
Where now for the global negotiations? Compared to the aspirations of two years ago, the outlook for the Durban COP looks grim. After the traumas of Copenhagen, the ambitions of Cancun were modest – to reach an agreement, almost any agreement. Many bitter pills were swallowed to that end. The resulting deal looked more like a broad update to the UNFCCC framework, than a serious proposal on what to do after the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period expires.