Climate Talks: “Africa vs the 1%”

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Climate Talks: “Africa vs the 1%”

WASHINGTON - Reuters reports: “Global carbon dioxide emissions from industry rose about three percent in a weak global economy this year, a study released on Monday showed, adding fresh urgency to efforts to control planet-warming gases at U.N. climate talks in South Africa.”

Large protests took place over the weekend outside the global climate talks in Durban, South Africa, now in their final week.

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PATRICK BOND, pbond at mail.ngo.za
Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Bond is author and editor of the just-released books “Politics of Climate Justice” and “Durban’s Climate Gamble.” Bond said today: “The United States and other opponents of Kyoto Protocol binding agreements will be joined as Durban saboteurs by Europeans who above all want crisis-ridden carbon markets restarted. While large developing countries dither about how fossil-fuel-addicted their economic models will be, the continent most victimized — Africa — at least has a strong science-based demand: 50 percent greenhouse gas reductions by 2020. It is a sickening fact that Washington’s intransigence will again prevent movement towards the deal the planet so desperately needs, but all the elites here are to blame. This is reminiscent of the 1% versus 99% scenario that the Occupy movement points to in financial markets.”

Bond recently co-wrote the piece “Climate Cash Deals are Killing Us.

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