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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:02 AM

Typhoon Haiyan: what really alarms Filipinos is the rich world ignoring climate change

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/08/typhoon-haiyan-rich-ignore-climate-change
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"Each destructive typhoon season costs us 2% of our GDP, and the reconstruction costs a further 2%, which means we lose nearly 5% of our economy every year to storms. We have received no climate finance to adapt or to prepare ourselves for typhoons and other extreme weather we are now experiencing. We have not seen any money from the rich countries to help us to adapt ... We cannot go on like this. It cannot be a way of life that we end up running always from storms," he said. He later told the assembly: "Climate change negotiations cannot be based on the way we currently measure progress. It is a clear sign of planetary and economic and environmental dysfunction ... The whole world, especially developing countries struggling to address poverty and achieve social and human development, confronts these same realities.

From being top of the global political agenda just four years ago, climate change is now barely mentioned by the political elites in London or Washington, Tokyo or Paris. Australia is not even sending a junior minister to Warsaw. The host, Poland, will be using the meeting to celebrate its coal industry. The pitifully small pledges of money made by rich countries to help countries such as the Philippines or Bangladesh to adapt to climate change have barely materialised. Meanwhile, fossil fuel subsidies are running at more than $500bn (£311bn) a year, and vested commercial interests are increasingly influencing the talks.

As the magnitude of the adverse impacts of human-induced climate change becomes apparent, the most vulnerable countries say they have no option but to go it alone. The good news is that places such as Bangladesh, Nepal, the small island states of the Pacific and Caribbean, and many African nations, are all starting to adapt their farming, fishing and cities.

But coping with major storms, as well as sea level rise and water shortages, is expected to cost poor countriues trillions of dollars, which they do not have. "Time is running out," Saño told the world last year. "Please, let this year be remembered as the year the world found the courage to take responsibility for the future we want. I ask of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?"

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Reply Typhoon Haiyan: what really alarms Filipinos is the rich world ignoring climate change (Original post)
malaise Nov 2013 OP
spanone Nov 2013 #1
newfie11 Nov 2013 #2
WinkyDink Nov 2013 #3
malaise Nov 2013 #4
JNelson6563 Nov 2013 #6
Quantess Nov 2013 #7
valerief Nov 2013 #8
marmar Nov 2013 #5
KAESNO2 Nov 2013 #9
KAESNO2 Nov 2013 #10

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:10 AM

1. k&r...

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:15 AM

2. K&R

Their not the only ones alarmed.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:27 AM

3. The 1% don't WANT those nations "to address poverty and achieve social and human development."

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:47 AM

4. You see disaster capitalism is way more profitable

and the 1% need cheap labor forever

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 09:53 AM

6. Amen.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:01 AM

7. True!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:23 AM

8. because slavery works quite well for them.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 09:01 AM

5. k/r

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 06:23 PM

9. There's no point worrying about ...

 

... something that you can do absolutely nothing about.

Eventually we're all going to die of something anyway.

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Response to KAESNO2 (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 06:24 PM

10. Oh whoops, I was trying to reply to the Fukushima post.

 

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