COP4—Buenos Aires Climate Conference

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So, following the Kyoto Protocol, the next round of talks, (November 2 - November 13, 1998) were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

There are many issues that still need to be discussed, epecially on the trading of Carbon emissions and equity between the rich and developing nations. The politics and self interest that was at work at the Kyoto Conference was feared to manifest itself this time round. Even though the talks have now ended with some hailing it as a success, others criticize it for not having clear cut deadlines etc.

Cartoon Depicts politics in global warming negotiations where an emissions-producing Uncle Sam (representing the rich nations, including the US) is twisting the arms of a poor person (representing poor nations) to sell emissions quotas at dirt cheap prices
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To start off, here are some major links to information and coverage on this conference:

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