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12.09.2009 - 08:28PM

Category: Environment

COP15 Brief – Day Four: Hell Breaks Loose Over Danish Text and Tuvalu Proposal

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By CSRwire Contributing Writers Bill Baue and Cimbria Badenhausen of Sea Change Media

All hell broke loose on the third day of the UN Climate Conference (COP15). In a press conference, Lumumba Stanislas Dia Ping, the Sudanese head of the G77 group of developing nations, condemned the leakedDanish text” that was secretly drafted by developed countries as “an extremely dangerous document for developing countries. It is a total violation of the principles of transparency and openness.” Later in the day, more controversy erupted over the so-called Tuvalu Proposal, which calls for an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to create a complimentary treaty that would limit global temperature increases to1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and reduce carbon concentrations in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. After lunch, COP15 President Connie Hedegaard of Denmark cleared the halls for a closed-door session with the announcement that the UN deliberations would not at that point honor the Tuvalu Proposal of creating a contact group to consider the proposal. As this news filtered out of the meeting rooms, tensions erupted in the halls: 350.org members and developing nation supporters rallied behind the Tuvalu Proposal, chanting “Tu-va-lu,” “Open–Plenary,” and “Ambitious-Legal Treaty Now!” However, not all developing countries agree: China and India, among others, oppose the Tuvalu Proposal. For more on these developments, listen to this week’s Sea Change Radio.

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