To be Frank

Green commentators have been decidedly downbeat since the resignation of Yvo ‘KPMG’ de Boer last week.

All in all, the next few months look grim. There is now no serious prospect of Obama getting legislation through the Senate, this year, or possibly ever. Following the sustained attack by climate deniers on both individual scientists and the IPCC, public confidence in climate change as an urgent issue is also steadily eroding, further reducing the room for manoeuvre by politicians. The next round of intermediate negotiations, due to start in Bonn on 31 May, look set to take place in a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness and rancour. Source: Mark Lynas, Guardian.

Ed Miliband, the UK’s influential Energy and Climate Change Secretary, released a statement soon after hearing of de Boer’s resignation: 

We must quickly find a suitable successor, who can oversee the negotiations and reform the UNFCCC to ensure it is up to the massive task of dealing with what are some of the most complex negotiations ever.

Meanwhile the head of Greenpeace International’s political and business unit, Wendel Trio, claimed DeBoer’s successor needs to be a ‘superman’.

The NYTimes editorial on Climate Change and de Boer’s resignation offers a welcome glimmer of hope amidst the prevailing mood of pessimism.