CLIMATE CHANGE: AN EMPTY TABLE AT DOHA CLIMATE TALKS
|By Stephen Leahy|
|Global Information Network|
Once again, rich industrialised nations are putting nothing on the table in terms of increased emissions cuts and financial support for poor nations, said Celine Charveriat, director of advocacy and campaigns for
“This is just like
The atmosphere is tense and angry with less than 24 hours left before the summit known as
“We need raised ambition from developed countries. If not, we will be extinct,” said Emmanuel Diamini, chair of the
“Ambition” refers to increased reductions in emissions primarily from burning of fossil fuels. Even if major industrialised economies like
The vast majority of carbon emissions contributing to climate change are from developed nations.
“When we call for increased ambition, they (developed countries) say we are blocking progress,” Diamini said at a press conference.
If there is no increase in ambition in
“Hundreds of thousands of my people are homeless and in evacuation centres today after typhoon Bopha,” Sano said.
“We refuse to make this a way of life….We must not do just what our political masters tell us but what seven billion people need, ” he said. “Doha must be the place where we turned things around.”
Much of the acrimony is focused around the U.S. refusal to commit to anything new.
“The U.S. negotiating team should be replaced,” said
“People are dying because of climate change. People are losing their homes, their livelihoods, their source of food. It is saddening to see rich country negotiators actively blocking progress in order to maintain the profits of their coal, oil and forestry industries,” Naidoo said in a press conference.
The U.S. has put the most carbon emissions into the atmosphere and bears the biggest responsibility for acting to reduce emissions and providing financial help to poorer countries already being impacted, he said.
The political and public atmosphere around the financial crisis in
The EU is proposing a mandatory review of emission cuts in 2014.
There is progress, but not enough, he agreed, noting that
“One of the keys to success here is to get the U.S. to make some new financial commitment,” he said.
Poor nations say they need at least
Governments found trillions of dollars to bail out the financial sector. This is a far greater crisis, said Charveriat.
“Canada has become rich and prosperous from its huge fossil fuel industry. And here they are offering absolutely nothing to pay for their pollution of the atmosphere,” she said.
“What has gone wrong in
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