As Durban, South Africa, prepares for the 17th meeting
of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in
November this year, the world is recovering from a series
of climate and environmental-related disasters, which
have occurred over the past few years. The Indian Ocean
tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the New
Zealand earthquake, the Japanese tsunami and nuclear
crisis, among others, have killed and affected millions.