2013-11-16. Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis.

posted Nov 18, 2013, 8:46 AM by Alan Gould
For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt:   WARSAW — Following a devastating typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, a routine international climate change conference here turned into an emotional forum, with developing countries demanding compensation from the worst polluting countries for damage they say they are already suffering. Calling the climate crisis “madness,” the Philippines representative vowed to fast for the duration of the talks. Malia Talakai, a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, a group that includes her tiny South Pacific homeland, Nauru, said that without urgent action to stem rising sea levels, “some of our members won’t be around.” ... Growing demands to address the issue have become an emotionally charged flash point at negotiations here at the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which continues this week.  ...John Kioli, the chairman of the Kenya Climate Change Working Group, [said] Developed countries...have a moral obligation to shoulder the cost, considering the amount of pollution they have emitted since the Industrial Revolution. ...The United States and other rich countries have made their opposition to large-scale compensation clear.... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/world/growing-clamor-about-inequities-of-climate-crisis.html Steven Lee Myers and Nicholas Kulish, The New York Times. [See also Japan Slashes CO2 Emissions Targets At UN Climate Talks, Prompting Criticism]