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The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009

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24 Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Climatewar ByCATHYALEXANDER in Copenhagen I TS half-time at the Copenhagen climate summit and no one has kicked a goal. Its been a scrappy first half as the players pushed and shoved and called each other names; the referee has had stern words. But the game is still wide open as the second half begins so dont turn off the TV. Soccer analogies aside, the landmark UN climate summit is indeed hanging in the balance at the half-way mark. The summit, which started on Monday and runs until Friday, December 18, and is supposed to seal a new global deal to tackle climate change, has had a difficult start. Its been marked by bickering and delays as long running disputes over climate change came to the fore. The heart of the problem is a split between rich and poor countries about who should do what on climate change. Poor countries want the rich to take stronger action, but rich countries say they cant do it by themselves and China the worlds biggest emitter must act too. The leaking of a secret climate treaty, proposed by the Danes with support from Australia, provoked hostility from the developing world because it was seen as pro-Western. Then the summit ground to a halt when the Pacific nation of Tuvalu insisted on a decision about whether the Kyoto protocol is carried on, or left to peter out. The rich want a brand new treaty, the poor want Kyoto to survive so rich countries cant back out of their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The summit reached a low point with provocative remarks from Sudans Lumumba Stanislaus DiAping (pictured), the spokesman for the developing worlds lobby group, the G77, and one of the most memorable players at the summit.

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