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Copenhagen digest: 09/12/09

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Rows erupt on day two of the climate change summit – as seen by the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites

‘Rich and poor nations clash over “devastating” climate change plans’ reports the front page of the Daily Telegraph, adding that the economic divide between countries has halted progress in discussions.

The leak of draft text prepared by a small group of industrialised countries has caused controversy with a new formula, which would allow the average person in a developed country to pollute nearly twice as much as one in a poorer nation. ‘How you apply that principle in the context of countries such as the United States, on the one hand, versus a country such as China, on the other, is the essence of what is happening at Copenhagen,’ Canadian environment minister Jim Prentice told the National Post.

‘The Copenhagen climate summit is in disarray’, according to the Guardian thanks to the leaked draft agreement suggesting more power would be handed to the richer nations.

Official figures released yesterday show the last decade was ‘by far’ the hottest in 160 years, reports the Daily Mirror. ‘But the latest grim warning seemed to have little impact at the global climate change summit in Copenhagen. Last night, China and India were told they will NOT be punished if they fail to meet their targets to reduce pollution.’

Africa will demand $50bn as compensation for carbon emission from developed countries, according to Xinhua, the official Chinese state press agency. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will apparently present the position in Copenhagen on 18 December.

‘The moment has arrived and the world will be watching’, says the Hindustan Times. The paper quotes the Indian Prime Minister’s special envoy on climate change Shyam Saran as saying: ‘There is consensus that temperature cannot be allowed to rise more than two degrees Celsius’.

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  • i felt a bit uneasy when i read about the leaked text ...ideas on sidelineing the UN sound a bit iffy to me.

    There is a comments blog on:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/europe_be_a_leader/?cl=393476335&v=4788&signup=1 which is quite good.

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