The irony of convening a climate change conference at a lavish resort built on reclaimed mangroves - one whose beach front had to be rejuvenated with sand dredged from the ocean for $70 million, was not completely lost on the delegates at the COP16 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The final declaration hammered out in Cancun in the appropriately termed the Moon Palace, has trumped the urgent needs of planet Earth of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. What has emerged is that developing countries have now agreed to a common instrument for emission commitments while the developed countries – the 37 Annex I countries -- have promised nothing in return.
''The developed countries cannot negate their `historical responsibility' and continue with their pillage of global climate at the expense of the vast majority of humanity. They need to be forced to continue to accept per capita emissions as the basis of energy equality as every human being on the planet, should have equal access to carbon space. Such inequality – per capita emissions in
The Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change is coming to an end. It is now almost certain that no concrete outcome in terms of legally binding emission cuts will be accepted by the developed countries. Instead, they have pressurized countries like India and China to cut their emissions. A blog post providing links to relevant discussions on the issue.
There is hardly any doubt that climate change is happening, but there are folks out there who are not yet ready to give up to the teleology of a doomsday predicted exclusively for Bangladesh.
Banmali Agrawala says how the philosophy of growth stands antithetical to the actions on mitigating climate change. Article, courtesy The Economic Times.
An interview with political economist and activist Patrick Bond about responses to climate change. Director of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Bond is a long-time advocate for radical solutions to the climate and social catastrophe wrought by global capitalism.