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


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

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