Warsaw is turning in to a complete mess as the UN meets to discuss climate change.
Developments over the weekend show the developing nations employing standover tactics to force the first world nations to fund disasters even though there is no evidence to suggest those disasters are in fact caused by man-made climate change.
Developing countries have called for legally-binding rules that force rich countries to provide money when they are affected by extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan.
Currently, wealthy nations such as Britain offer donations following a natural disaster.
But last night a group of nations came together to argue extreme events, such as droughts or typhoons, are becoming more frequent because of man-made global warming.
Brazil’s representative called for countries which industrialised earlier – such as Britain – to bear the brunt of the financial burden because they have had higher greenhouse gas emissions for longer.
The issue has threatened to derail a fragile consensus at the two-week UN summit in Warsaw, which was meant to end last night, with talks instead expected to continue well into this morning.
In a heated debate last night, the 191 nations addressed the idea of some members paying ‘compensation’ to poor countries for natural disasters.
China even has the cheek to jump into the debate even though they are one of the world’s biggest polluters.
A group of 130 nations led by China even called for scientists to examine historical emissions dating back to the time of the industrial revolution in 1850.
The principle has dominated the negotiations at Warsaw, with Britain and other developed nations refusing to countenance the idea of an automatic compensation fund, concerned over the repercussions over legal liability. Read more »