Ban Ki-moon speaking at the UN climate summit a few minutes ago: Let us make Durban a “profile in courage.” Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president followed him (yes, the bold face name leaders have arrived), reminding the delegates that while all will share the burden of addressing climate change, it’s the developed world that caused the problem . . . with their development. Going off script near the end, he said: “We must not hesitate from taking correct actions [in Durban]. The world is watching us . . . with hope”—and, one could add, trepidation. It’s not clear if anything big or concrete really will get done in Durban. Courage could be said to be in short supply, particularly from the rich world countries; it’s not high profile.
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