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Ban, Kerry urge action on climate
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday urged the world to overcome economic and political concerns to work out a "Green New Deal" to cope with climate change, while incoming U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's representative to talks in Poland, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., urged China -- now the world's top greenhouse gas emitter -- to commit to large-scale emissions cuts.
Reuters (12/11), Chicago Tribune (12/12)
Over the past couple of years, discussions have been emerging among many of the influential international figures and entities (UN, US, EU, etc.). With the Kyoto Protocol expiring in 2012, the buzz on reaching a new agreement on climate change/ green house gas emission has been the one of the core topics (and a “universal value”) on numerous events. Yet on this specific issue, we can again easily observe the realism of international politics. The quarrel between “developed” and “developing” nations have been shoving the “responsibility” of reducing emission to each other. Seriously, who gives a damn about polar bears when you have hungry (perhaps even angry and armed) people, international pressure and/or big time industries on your back?
UN Wire (http://www.unwire.org/)
聯合國氣候變遷大會今年12月11、12日於波蘭舉行。聯合國秘書長潘基文(Ban Ki-moom)迫切強調各國應盡力排除經濟與政治因素，共同實行「綠色新政」(Green New Deal)，合力對抗全球氣候變遷問題。美國總統當選人歐巴馬的代表，約翰克里於大會中特別要求中國，世界第一溫室氣體排放量國，遵守承諾大幅降低溫室氣體排放量。
文章摘錄自：Reuters (2009/12/11), Chicago Tribune (12/12)
資料來源：UN Wire (http://www.unwire.org/)