China sticks to 'red line' in global climate talks while pursuing green transition at home
By Stephen Minas.
The recently concluded Warsaw climate talks - the latest annual conference of parties to the UN climate change convention - were in several respects unusual. The meeting was held in Warsaw's National Stadium, prompting an inevitable flurry of football clichés from participants and reporters (with diplomatic 'own goals', activists brandishing red cards and the talks predictably running into 'extra time'). The Polish government enraged environmental NGOs by simultaneously hosting an 'International Coal and Climate Summit' with the World Coal Association. And as the conference neared its conclusion, the Polish government announced that the conference's president, Marcin Korolec, would be sacked from his position as Poland's environment minister ('I'll be able to fully concentrate on the process of climate negotiations', Korolec gamely assured delegates).