March 21st, 1994 – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change comes into force

Ninety days after the fiftieth country ratified it, the Climate Change Convention (hammered out in 1991 and early 1992, and one of the main draws of the Rio ‘Earth Summit’) becomes a legal document.  There followed a year of intense wrangling before the first “Conference of the Parties” meeting in Berlin, chaired by one Angela Merkel.

Then followed another… twenty years of fruitless intense wrangling, while emissions climbed, concentrations climbed and temperatures edged upwards.

How long have we got? Who knows, but it’s later than you think…

There are various good accounts of the negotiations that went into making it happen.  My two favourites are –

Negotiating Climate Change; The Inside Story of the Rio Convention


The Earth Brokers: Power, Politics and World Development


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