UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined developing nations to press for more details on how rich nations plan to reach a three-year-old pledge to provide $100 billion in annual aid by 2020 to fight global warming, weighing in on an issue that’s creating a rift at climate talks in Doha.
China said a rift with industrial nations over the Kyoto Protocol’s rules on greenhouse gas risks destroying the international response to global warming, raising the chance this year’s talks in South Africa will fail.
The Maldives, Kiribati and Tuvalu risk extinction from rising seas because nations aren’t stepping up commitments to cut greenhouse gases, a bloc of 43 island countries said as United Nations climate talks began in Mexico.
Saudi Arabia blocked a request by island nations led by Barbados for the United Nations to produce a study outlining the potential effects of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) of warming on their countries and people.
United Nations envoys today attempted to revive progress at stalled climate negotiations, issuing a draft of the meeting’s possible conclusion aimed at bridging differences between rich and poor nations
Developing nations led by China and India pledged they’d work toward an agreement that would limit their fossil fuel emissions for the first time, the biggest advance in the fight against global warming in 14 years.
The European Union hopes to win China’s agreement on a road map to a global greenhouse gas- lowering treaty after the world’s second-biggest economy said a rift over post-2012 goals risk the collapse of climate talks.