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(Don’t) show me the money

September 6, 2009

A few years back, at the height of the optimism within the “alter-globalisation” movement, one of the stars of the show (Arundhati Roy) told a World Social Forum “A new world is coming, on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.”

Well, today’s a quiet day, and all I can hear is the wheels of the Copenhagen bandwagon falling off. That and a whole bunch of species dying, and us – the ‘smartest’ species – slowing frying itself.

This from Reuters- “Climate change funding talks stall at G20

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Differences between rich and developing countries prevented G20 finance ministers from agreeing measures on Saturday to curb global warming, casting more doubt on U.N. efforts to agree a new climate treaty.

Industrialised nations had pressed to include climate change financing on the agenda of a meeting of G20 finance ministers but met resistance from emerging nations including China, who fear the proposals could stifle their economic growth, a G20 source said.

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