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Small Island States ask India, China to do more for climate

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 23:49

Copenhagen: Several small island states
today asked developing economies like India and China to
contribute more on the fight against global warming, including
pledging legally binding emission cuts, and limit the rise in
average temperatures to 1.5 degree Celsius.

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), which
together contribute only 0.3 per cent of the total greenhouse
gas emissions, are the most vulnerable to climate change
effects, with them facing the risk of being submerged by
rising sea-level.

Noting that both India and China did not want to
accept the 1.5 degree limit, Palau President Johnson Toribiong
said, "the two countries should not be used as an excuse by
the rest of the world in not accepting the demand."

The demand comes even as the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change allows a two-degree Celsius rise warning
that certain island countries like Tuvalu faces threat only if
the average temperature rises above this level.

When asked about the south Asian countries` overriding
priorities to tackle poverty and boost economic growth,
Toribiong told PTI, "Yes they should (take legally binding
cuts). What about their future generations who will suffer?"
However, it is not only the G77 that wants to keep the
limit to two degree Celsius; the developed world wants the
same leaving AOSIS countries isolated on this point.

-PTI

First Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 23:49
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