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Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern
A former Quebec politician is planning legal action against the Conservative government for pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol
During the last stretch of negotiations, delegates spotted the Canadian minister of environment in the main plenary room, shut out of key end-game negotiations. The sight of the minister in the plenary room, while high-level talks were occurring elsewhere, was striking in its symbolic accuracy.
"We have saved planet Earth for the future of our children and our great-grandchildren," South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane declared. More likely, all that she saved is face for China's renewable-energy industry and the EU carbon market, both in danger of freefall.
As you read this on Sunday morning, I am most likely stumbling around in my bathrobe, ice pack on head, recovering from the annual holiday party my husband and I throw for colleagues and friends. It's traditional for us to serve a blue cocktail in celebration of Hanukkah. Why we started this, I don't know, because blue drinks are unfailingly disgusting. The key ingredient in a blue drink is Curacao liqueur and this year we mixed the Curacao with vodka and lemonade. For once, the result wasn't too bad. In any case, it doesn't really matter what the cocktail tastes like, I've found. At a party, people will toss back anything if they are having fun. Which makes a somewhat long preamble to the launch of our newest section, HuffPost Canada Style. Style will show you how to look fabulous even while holding a blue drink.
Few issues have united delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. But if you mentioned the name of "Canada," the response would be unanimous -- a collective groan and lament. Canada dug the grave for the Kyoto Protocol so the United States could put a bullet in its body.
As we enter Durban's final day, an agreement seems plausible on a second period under the legally-binding Kyoto deal -- without Canada. Other scenarios are equally plausible. Governments that take climate change seriously could choose to defer, or a dramatic final plenary could end in collapse.
Durban must move beyond demands for a drip-fed plan A. It must embrace an ambitious plan B rooted in communities' interests in having jobs, income and food on the table. With this in mind, new financing mechanisms must focus on mobilizing driving international co-operation.
Santa won't be delighted to hear that Canada plans to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol just before Christmas (the North Pole may soon be ice-free in the summer) but it's the real people who live on this continent and know the reality of climate change for whom the Canadian flag has been sullied.
OTTAWA - The federal government has extended funding to help the country deal with the effects of climate change, even as