Present Deal Condemns Millions to Misery

Posted on 18 December 2009 by editor

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By Claudia Ciobanu

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – An internal note from the UN Secretariat dated December 15 states that the current emission reduction pledges made by Annex 1 countries and the voluntary actions and policy goals announced by non-Annex 1 states “could lead to concentrations equal or above 550 ppm with the related temperature raise around 3 degrees.”

The UN note was leaked to some media and NGOs on Thursday evening, further emphasising the deadlock in negotiations.

“The paper shows a gap of 10.5 Gt (giga-tonnes of carbon-equivalent) to the required level of 44 Gt needed to achieve stabilisation of the concentration of emissions in the atmosphere that is consistent with the goal of staying below 2 degrees Celsius,” says the text seen by TerraViva.

“Even if Parties agreed to deliver in accordance with the upper range of their pledge, this will still leave a gap of around 1.9 to 4.2 Gt,” the report writes.

“A deal on the basis of what’s currently on the table would condemn millions ofpeople to misery and death,” said Andy Atkin, general director of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Rich countries must at least double their pledged emissions cuts in the next 24 hours, abandoning scandalous loopholes including offsetting, and ensure the necessary finance is available to support the whole world in tackling climate change,” Atkins added.
(END/2009)

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