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September 3, 2009

Michael McCarthy writes thus in today’s Utterlydependent:

Europe’s climate targets of cutting carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050 may not be tough enough to get developing countries into a worldwide global warming deal, John Prescott has warned.

In an interview with The Independent, the former Deputy Prime Minister, who brokered the current climate treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, said a 90 per cent cut might be needed in order to secure an agreement at December’s UN climate conference in Copenhagen.

Meanwhile, the Grauniad reports Ed “” Miliband as – well, there can be competing interpretations but ‘rolling over’ is one of them – praising India for… vetoing the idea of carbon emissions caps for t’Indians.

Ed Miliband, Britain’s climate change secretary, hailed India as a potential “deal maker” in the forthcoming talks in Copenhagen for an international treaty to tackle global warming, stating that the country would not face targets to cut its emissions in the near future because it “took climate change seriously”.

The UK’s “softly-softly” approach has won plaudits in India, and contrasts with that of US secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, whose visit in July resulted in a spat with environment minister Indian environment minister Jairam Ramesh. India has categorically ruled out greenhouse gas cuts, arguing that rich nations caused the problem and must not deny Indians the opportunity to grow out of poverty.

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  1. November 5, 2009 3:45 pm

    Even letting the debate continue, when our species may hang in the balance, says something about us. I argue that there is a certain presumptuousness surrounding our approach to how we are addressing global warming that goes well beyond simply having a short-term perspective. What if the cockroach has a more sustainable position? I recommend the following post:

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