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The World Is Sinking in Copenhagen

Posted on 11 December 2009 by editor

Delegates of the chief negotiating groups in tense press conference. Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

Delegates of the chief negotiating groups in tense press conference. Credit: Raúl Pierri/IPS

By Raúl Pierri

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) Poor countries will suffer “horrendous” impacts if an agreement isn’t reached by the end of the climate change summit in Copenhagen. That was the warning launched by the developing South Friday during the talks that remained as bogged down at the end of the first week as at the start.

A draft agreement circulated Friday at the COP15 graphically illustrates the numerous points of disagreement, especially in terms of target numbers and timeframes, because they are set off by square brackets. Continue Reading

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Europe’s Timid Commitments

Posted on 11 December 2009 by editor

 Friends of the Earth activists demand Climate Justice. Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS.

Friends of the Earth activists demand Climate Justice. Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

By Claudia Ciobanu

COPENHAGEN (IPS/TerraViva) – “Decision-makers should stop thinking in realpolitik terms and acknowledge that we are out of time,’’ says Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth (FoE) in Europe.

The behavior of political leaders is “almost like a conscious decision to go against science,” she told TerraViva in an interview. Continue Reading

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