Watching the World: Gordian energy knot tightens

The coincidental overlap in the staging of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP-6) in The Hague and International Energy Forum (IEF) in Riyadh last week could only bring into sharper relief the dilemma that the world has wrought for itself through its long-standing energy consuming and producing habits.The remit specified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for COP-6 is unambiguous: to "accelerate international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." In the first instance, this would involve hammering out the "operational details" of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol so as to win over at least another 25 of the 160 countries in attendance at COP-6 to an ...

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