Merkel demands binding climate treaty
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 2:46p.m.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the warming of the planet may increase by as much as 4 degrees Celsius if nations do not agree on better climate-protection measures.
Merkel demanded a legally binding climate treaty that forces nations to cut emissions of greenhouse gases during a two-day Berlin climate conference called the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
"A binding (climate) treaty - and I say that very frankly - would be music to my ears. Because so far we don't have that. Until now the position regarding the joint responsibility was 'it doesn't to have to be binding for all,'" Merkel said, addressing the conference.
More than 190 nations agreed at UN climate talks in Durban last year to be legally bound to cut emissions from 2020 and to launch a Green Climate Fund by 2020 that will help funnel $100 billion per year of investment to poor countries.
But despite launching the fund, there has been no agreement on how to fill it.
The number of world leaders that attend annual UN climate talks has become a crude barometer of the importance of climate change in global politics.
In 2009, before the crumbling global economy dominated the news agenda, over 100 world leaders attended UN talks in Copenhagen. The Chinese premier and the US president, among others, tried to thrash out a new deal to force nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
Merkel also defended a "necessary shrinking of the economies in the eurozone" as a part of a reform process in order to achieve "sustainable growth".
She said that Europe accumulated too much debt in the past and that must be corrected.
"But that reform means a necessary shrinking as part of a process of adjustment, in order to grow after that in a sustainable way, then there is a broad discussion in the world saying this can not be, growth in quantity is necessary."
However, she said it is a mistake only to strive for quantity in economic, financial, and environmental politics. Sustainability is also very important, she said.
3 News / Reuters
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18/07/2012 8:40:02 a.m.
The country that benefits the most from the current scheme is ... wait for it ... the worst carbon polluter in the world ... Germany!Germany is the worst carbon polluter in the world if measure carbon emissions per sq km, ie air quality. They support the current scheme and want it extended to the rest of the world as it protects their right to pollute while costing the rest of the world.The current scheme strangles development as development gives emisions, so naturally its blocked. Germany uses its 1990 figures as a base, and was the most industrialised country in the world with the highest carbon pollution per sq km. This was also before East Germany cleaned up to West Germany standards with unification, ie gave Germany a huge buffer for economic growth that other countries have never had.For an enviroment scheme, the worst polluter should be taxed the highest, not the lowest as the curent scheme does. We need a new scheme with more balance. We need a net emisions vs only look at emissions. We also need to include like pre-1990 forrestry which NZ has excluded, and use NZ growth rates vs EU growth rates. We also need to tackle the penalty of methane as any hydrocarbon decay produces methane - including forrestry! Eg in NZ the singling out of cows for breathing and making methane. Water is also around 200x more greenhouse warming than carbon. The greenhouse model itself has a 40% WTF factor as we dont understand our enviroment enough yet. The UN's IPCC has around 90% appointees on political grounds and without scientific basis or background - we need to clean those politicals out.
17/07/2012 3:21:22 p.m.
The planet will tip into a ice age before it ever warms by 4%. Baaa what a bunch of sheep these politicians must think we are.
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