Friday, November 29, 2013

WORLD - New Global Climate Regime?

"Did Warsaw conference put world on track towards 'new global climate regime'?" PBS Newshour 11/27/2013


JUDY WOODRUFF (Newshour):  The devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines illustrated the vulnerability of island nations to extreme weather and added a spark to the international debate already under way over who bears the costs from climate change.

MARCIN KOROLEC, Environment Minister of Poland:  Climate is a global issue, global problem, and a global opportunity at the same time.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  The United Nations' 12-day conference on climate change began earlier this month with an audacious goal: a new agreement to cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.

They met with renewed purpose.  Typhoon Haiyan had just slammed into the Philippines with 195-mile-per-hour winds.  Among the strongest storms ever recorded, it caused massive flooding, widespread destruction and took at least 5,200 lives.

Although scientists have not pointed to global warming as the direct cause for massive superstorms, they caution that greenhouse gas-fueled climate change could bring about extreme weather.  A delegate from the Philippines went on hunger strike to demand an ambitious deal.

NADEREV YEB SANO, Philippines Climate Change Commissioner:  We stand together on this urgent call for climate action and solidarity among the most vulnerable peoples on Earth.

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