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COP16: Reporting from Day 1 of the Climate Talks in Cancun

by , 11/29/10
filed under: global warming

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It feels odd. Along the sun-shiny sheen of Cancun’s beaches and jet skis lie the ravages of climate change. The Hotel Zone, a strip of mega-resorts along the highly developed Isla Cancun, was famously rebuilt after suffering hurricane damage. Some tons of sand were trucked in from farther out at sea. I was walking along one of these rebuilt beaches when I noticed a bright orange floating blob. A piece of coral reef. Yeah – the kind that takes years to produce.

During my downtime, I read some of the Kyoto Protocol. Seriously. Brew up a mug of tea and skim through that sucker. Because as imperfect and difficult and contested as it is, the hope it has in it is a little bit of food for the soul – the kind of hope that brought most people here in the first place. Hope that will, however faint, fuel the rest of the week here in Mexico.

Moe Beitiks will be in Cancun following COP16 as a Digital Media Partner until December 5th. Follow her with us or on twitter.

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2 Comments

  1. COP16: Images of Climat... November 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    [...] is full of cultural contradictions. The major climate change conference that it is hosting is way outside of town, causing, ironically, giant traffic jams. Central Cancun, with its narrow [...]

  2. GreenVitals November 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    After the last disastrous climate change convention in Copenhagen, countries sent the United Nations hedged promises to limit greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. I hope this conference is more productive. For any of your readers interested in also taking a look at the Kyoto Protocol it’s at the U.N.’s site at: http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/2830.php.

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