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Discontent and accusations in Copenhagen. Global Climate Conference begins. The start of this week’s part of the climate summit in Copenhagen has quickly revealed more cracks than the bed of a dried up lake.Disappointed On Tuesday, the former Norwegian Prime Minister and Director of the World Health Organisation – Gro Harlem Brundtland – told Dagbladet that the number one priority is to save the globe from a climate disaster.

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Discontent and accusations in Copenhagen

Published on Thursday, 10th December, 2009 at 05:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th December 2009 at 11:26.

Global Climate Conference begins.

Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Photo: GAD/Wikimedia Commons


The start of this week’s part of the climate summit in Copenhagen has quickly revealed more cracks than the bed of a dried up lake.

Disappointed

On Tuesday, the former Norwegian Prime Minister and Director of the World Health Organisation – Gro Harlem Brundtland – told Dagbladet that the number one priority is to save the globe from a climate disaster.

She wasn’t impressed with what Barack Obama and the US had to offer so far, and felt that a cut of 3-4 percent by 2020 wasn’t enough.

“Many were dissatisfied with Obama’s proposals, including me.”

However, she believed that he wasn’t content with the figure either, and took Obama’s change of plans to attend the more significant parts of the conference later on as a good sign.

Expectations

Brundtland went on to tell Dagbladet that she expected everyone to take some responsibility under the summit, even though she felt that rich countries should bear a heavier load.

“We must make considerable reductions in our own countries, but also finance emission cuts in poor countries. The world must stand together on this one.”

If we are to avoid a global temperature increase of a maximum of two degrees, Brundtland believed a figure of between 25 and 40 percent was realistic. These are identical to those recommended by the UN’s own Climate Panel.

Attack

But her censure of sceptics to climate change didn’t go down well. At the opening ceremony, Brundtland said that those who didn’t believe global warming was a result of human activities must be living on another planet.

This created a bit of local collar-warming for the Australian professor and geologist Ian Pilmer.

“If Mrs Brundtland believes that I’m living on another planet, here is my answer to her: No, I’m not, but I’m living in reality. If she can prove that CO2 won’t remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, I’ll change me viewpoint and agree with her,” reports VG.

Pilmer went on to criticise what he termed as “a demonising of any disagreement.”

“Having an opinion that differs to the UN’s resolutions isn’t allowed. Such things usually only occur under a dictatorship.”

He also believed that horror scenarios painted by the politicians at the summit are based on fear and not scientific fact.

“Catastrophe prognoses sell well in the press.”

Optimistic

But it hasn’t all been chilly, with the Socialist Left’s (SV) buoyant Environment and International Development Minister, Erik Solheim, telling Dagbladet he’s hopeful about the summit.

“I’m sure that we (would have taken) a great step forward here in Copenhagen (by 18 December),” he told Dagbladet.

And even Frederic Hauge, Bellona’s leader, was also mildly optimistic.

“I believe we’ll be able to get a cast iron deal next year.”




Published on Thursday, 10th December, 2009 at 05:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th December 2009 at 11:26.

This post has the following tags: copenhagen, denmark, un, united, nations, climate, change, conference, summit, global, gro, harlem, brundtland, barack, obama, erik, solheim, environment, bellona, frederic, hauge, norwegian.





  
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