Friday, November 22, 2013

Shameful Nations at COP 19: Poland, Japan, Australia and Canada

Poland, Japan, Australia, and Canada are disgracing themselves COP 19 through their resistance to reduce emissions, and their lack of support for climate finance.

Host country Poland staged an international coal conference alongside the UN climate negotiations. This has prompted many to call COP 19 “the coal COP” and it earned Poland a “fossil of the day award.”

Canada announced that it will be unable to meet its CO2 emissions reduction goals. (In 2011, Canada, along with Russia and Japan announced their withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol).

Due to Japan's decision to put an end to nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster, the country's emissions cuts have been substantially reduced. Japan's new 2020 target represent an increase of 3 percent in emissions vs. 1990, (however they were positioned as a decrease of 3.8% vs. 2005 emissions). In real terms this means the nation's CO2 emissions reduction target has been reduced from 25 percent to 3.8 percent.

To illustrate Australia's contempt for the process they sent a rank and file bureaucrat to the COP in place of a cabinet minister. Newly elected climate denying Prime Minister Tony Abbot has pledged to repeal Australia’s carbon tax. The nation has also made it clear that it does not support wealth transfer from rich countries to developing nations.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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