Bali Deadlock Broken

It looks like the deadlock at the UN Bali summit has been broken.
After two weeks of intense talks it would have been a shambolic waste of time, money and effort for the summit to end without an agreement, without a clear path, no roadmap to a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
But which way did it go? What did the UN head, Ban Ki Moon, do to reach an agreement?
As we reported yesterday, the stalemate was between, chiefly, the US & Canada on one side, refusing to be held to strict reduction targets, and Europe & Australia on the other, keen to reduce emissions to certain targets. The second part of the issue was whether developing countries such as China & India with their burgeoning consumption and rapid climb toward the "western ways". Whilst Europe would allow developing countries to have slimmer targets the US wished for them to be subject to the stricter curbs.
The outcome?
Apparently, right at the end of the conference, the US had signalled it would not sign to the agreement to the disdain of many delegates who jeered and booed the indication. Then at the last minute, the US agreed.
So what happens next?
The Bali Roadmap will mean that negotiations will continue over the next 2 years between the 192 ountries and hopefully we will get some commitment to actually cutting greenhouse gases. In the meantime, us citizens of the world can carry on doing our bit to cut our own emissions, live a greener lifestyle and hopefully the politicians will catch up with us soon.

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Does anybody know about this site ( http://www.earthlab.com ) ? I have seen other environmental sites with carbon calculators like yahoo and tree huggers, but I am wondering what the deal with earthlab.com is? I saw they also published a list last month of the top ten greenest cities ( http://www.efficientenergy.org/Top-Ten-Green-Cities-in-the-United-States ). Does anyone know if this site is better than the others? Fill me in!

I took their carbon foot print test and it was pretty interesting, they said that I put out 4.5 tons of carbon, does anyone know about any other tests?

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for stopping by.

There has been quite a boom in green & environmental sites of late so there is a wealth of information out there that we've not had time to catch up with yet, thank you for sharing.

Earthlab's ECP (Earth Conservation Plan) carbon & lifestyle calculator is a new one on us. They simply say that scores of 150-900 are the norm with the average US citizen scoring 325. It doesn't take into account the fact that you could be carbon offsetting for driving & air travel so it's really a "quick & easy" calculator but still worthwhile if it helps.

We use the Act on CO2 carbon calculator... it's a little more detailed than the Earthlab ECP calculator and separates the tonnage of CO2 generated into house, appliance and travel.