The climate change talks in Barcelona have just wound up. These are the last round of talks before the Copenhagen summit starts in four weeks.
The refusal of the developed countries like Australia to commit to the necessary reductions in global warming pollution resulted in a walk-out by the African delegation, with Kevin Rudd and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown specifically targetted for their hypocrisy. The African delegation accused Kevin Rudd of promising a lot on climate but not delivering real action.
“Tell me of any politician who delivered on his political manifesto. Was it Gordon Brown? Was it Kevin Rudd?”, key African negotiator Lumumba Di-Aping said.
The Africans want the rich world to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2020 on 1990 levels, while Kevin Rudd is offering 5-25% – which would be a death sentence for millions of Africans if adopted globally.
Ironically it now seems that China, India, Brazil and Mexico are on track to reduce their emissions by 25% by 2020 on 1990 levels, according to new reasearch, which puts them well ahead of countries like Australia, the USA and Europe.