Pacific Island Nations Again Plead for Greater Emissions Cuts from Rich Nations

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Kiribati, photo: Luigi Guarino via flickr

Meeting ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting in Cairns, Australia, the Economic Times is reporting that leaders of seven nations whose very existence is all but assured to be ended by rising sea levels over the course of this century have again called on the wealthy nations of the world to make stronger greenhouse gas emissions cuts:The island leaders -- including those of Kiribati, Tuvalu, and the Marshall Islands, all of which stand just two meters above sea level -- reiterated the call for greenhouse gas cuts of 45% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 85% cuts worldwide by 2050.

Just a reminder: No nation in the developed world really is paying much attention to these calls, nor those from India and China which are much the same. They are being made by the people who will be first, and worst, hit by climate change -- which, especially in the case of these island nations, none of them historically are responsible for.

At the recent G8 meeting in Italy, the world's rich nations agreed that limiting global temperature rise to 2°C was the goal, but entirely failed to commit to emission reduction targets which scientists say are sufficient to meet that goal.

via: The Economic Times

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