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An Ethical Analysis of the Cancun Climate Negotiations Outcome

Two dramatically different conclusions can be reached on the outcome of the December 2010 UN climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico:

  • No Meaningful Commitments to Prevent Climate Change for 20th Straight Year
  • Cancun Keeps Hopes Alive for Global Climate Change Deal

This post looks at these conflicting conclusions through an ethical lens and explains that, although some hope for a global solution to climate change is still alive, one must see Cancun in the context of a 20-year failed attempt to prevent dangerous climate change and as another troubling ethical failure of those most responsible for climate change.