Quotes of the day from COP21

2015-12-08 22:42
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Le Bourget - Here are five of the best quotes on Tuesday from the UN climate conference in Paris, which aims to forge a universal pact by the end of the week to curb global warming:

Monster climate change

US Secretary of State John Kerry talking about Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines in 2013, leaving more than 7 350 people dead or missing:

"That's the future, folks, unless we tame this monster that we have unleashed."

Is God involved?

Cardinal Peter KA Turkson, member of the Vatican delegation, on what God has to do with climate change if the problem is man-made:

"Why do we need God?... If there are any believers over here then I would simply say we cannot profess love of God when we do not love what God has made. And what has God made? God made the Earth and the human person."

UN climate [gobbledegook]

Satirical jab at the impenetrable jargon of the draft UN climate agreement, set to be finalised on Friday, written and posted online by [Adrien Saumier] [an author]:

"I [want] [would like] [would not like] a[n] [expresso] [regular coffee] [double expresso] with [one sugar] [two sugars] [artificial sweetener] [no sugar] made with [arabica] [robusta] [a blend]. [I will have tomato soup.]"

Dirty work

Jennifer Morgan, global climate analyst at the Washington-based World Resources Institute, on 195 environment and foreign ministers getting down to brass tacks:

"They are finally doing the dirty work of negotiating, which is very hard," she said. "It is a good thing, because otherwise they would still be standing by their positions."

Eerily... efficient 

WWF climate expert Tasneem Essop, comparing how host country France has run the "COP21" UN climate talks compared to those of the previous 20 annual meetings she has attended:

"They have met every timeframe they have set. It's quite eerie, I must tell you. It never happens."

Read more on:    france  |  cop21  |  climate change

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