Concern for success of Copenhagen climate deal

2009-10-30 08:16

SIGNALS from some politicians suggesting that the climate deal will

not be sealed in Copenhagen, but in an unforeseen future are

irresponsible.

So said Kim Carstensen, leader of the World Wide Fund for Nature

(WWF) Global Climate Initiative, this week.

Carstensen said such a suggestion could trigger a domino effect

where one country after another would try to give up and so lower the level of

ambition.

Delegates are gathering for another round of climate talks in

Barcelona next week.

There are just 39 days left before the start of the Copenhagen

talks where it is hoped that a new climate treaty will be reached.

The treaty is to replace the Kyoto Protocol – which expires in 2012

– an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention

on Climate Change, which set targets for 37 industrialised countries and the

European community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the major cause of

global warming.

Tasneem Essop from the WWF South Africa said the South African

negotiators, as part of the African group had reaffirmed their mandate to get an

ambitious, fair and legally binding agreement in Copenhagen.

Deputy director-general in the department of water and

environmental affairs Joanne Yawitch said it was still too early to tell what

the outcome of Copenhagen would be.

But she said there was a very high awareness on climate change in

the country.

She said the effects of climate change were already noticeable in

the country ‘‘particularly in poor, rural areas, people are seeing

changes’’.

‘‘Climate change threatens all of us and all our futures. It is

important for all of us to do something,’’ she said.


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