Climate negotiations "hit snag"

The climate talks in Barcelona have been stalled by African nations demanding huge and frankly ridiculous emissions cuts from developed countries.

Talks were suspended in one of the twin tracks of negotiations under the 192-nation UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as intermediaries grappled for a solution behind the scenes, they said.

African countries pointed the finger at advanced economies, accusing them of backsliding on showing how deep they would rein in their greenhouse-gas pollution.

They demanded emissions curbs of 40 per cent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels, as a sign of good faith in the complex negotiations to craft a post-2012 climate treaty.

“Annex 1 countries must take the lead and put the numbers on the table,” said Kenyan delegate Grace Akumu.

The protest affected negotiations in several groups meeting under the banner of the Kyoto Protocol, the cornerstone treaty of the UNFCCC.

40% by 2020, i.e just ten years time, and compared to 1990 levels? Are they serious? That would literally put Western economies back into the Dark Ages. The chances of any agreement at Copenhagen just gets more and more remote.

Read it here.


  1. I’m sure they will settle for a boat load of cash to help them deal with all that extra CO2 in the air.

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