Our Mediated World blog is where creative New Yorker Mark Forscher 'reprocesses things he finds interesting' in current affairs, design, media, & music. In this entry he demonstrates the urgency of global warming and quotes Malta's climate change specialist as reported by London's Independent.
Top negotiators described the effort - at a special UN conference in Buenos Aires - as like hanging on to a cliff face by their "fingernails", as the United States and oil-producing countries threw rock after rock to try to dislodge them...
The Americans also objected to mentions of the need to tackle global warming as opposed to adapting to it, and backed an extraordinary demand from Saudi Arabia that oil-producing states should receive billions of dollars in compensation from the rest of the world if they burned less oil.
Eventually a single meeting that could discuss the future was agreed for next May, and other uneasy compromises were reached, preventing total breakdown. "It is a finger-hold, like hanging on by your nails," says Michael Zammit Cutajar, a veteran climate negotiator for Malta who was for 11 years executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. [link to London Independent]
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Malta takes no action to reduce climate change effects - from Greenpeace Mediterranean. What substantial progress since this report?