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Monday, November 18, 2013

Rich nations face fury at COP19 talks over moves to renege

 Typhoon Haiyan raises fear over global warming threat as Philippines leads attack on eve of key talks in Warsaw, Poland.

"When the highest-level talks start at the summit in Poland on Monday, due to be attended by representatives from 195 countries, including energy secretary Ed Davey, the developing world will seek confirmation from states such as Britain that they will not follow the path of Japan and others. David Cameron's comments this weekend in which he backed carbon emission cuts and suggested that there was growing evidence of a link between manmade climate change and disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, will inevitably be used to pressure others to offer similar assurances.The developing world also wants the rich western nations to commit to establishing a compensation scheme for future extreme weather events, as the impact of global warming is increasingly felt. And they want firm signals that rich countries intend to find at least $100bn a year by 2020 to help them to adapt their countries to severe climate extremes.

China and 132 nations that are part of the G77 block of developing countries have expressed dismay that rich countries had refused to discuss a proposal for scientists to calculate emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Ambassador Jose Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho of Brazil, who initially proposed the talks, said: "We were shocked, very much surprised by their rejection and dismissal. It is puzzling. We need to understand why they have rejected it. "Developing countries are doing vastly more to reduce their emissions than Annexe 1 [rich] countries." Members of the Disaster Emergencies Committee, which co-ordinates British aid efforts, also warned leaders that the disaster offers a glimpse of the future if urgent action is not taken. Aid agencies including Christian Aid, Cafod, Care International, Oxfam and Tearfund said ministers meeting in the Polish capital must act urgently because climate change is likely to make such extreme weather events more common in the future, putting millions more lives at risk."

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/16/climate-change-pledges-rich-nations

British Prime Minister Cameron links Typhoon Haiyan to climate change: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/16/david-cameron-climate-change-typhoon-haiyan.