What He Said: Gorbachev on COP17

"It is unacceptable that world leaders are still stalling on a global plan to cut emissions of carbon to curb the increase of temperatures... We witnessed in Durban wrangling and hair splitting over legal terminology, as well as bald-faced delaying tactics that threatened to derail the negotiations. The decision-makers must wake up to the fact that the lives of billions of people today and in the future depend on them to act in unison to respond to the global challenge that climate change poses." -- Mikhail Gorbachev on the outcome of COP17