Rich-poor bickering over aid stymies U.N. climate talks

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    Herve Nmn L'Eisa

    " Russia, Japan and Canada have pulled out, saying it makes no sense to continue when big emerging nations led by China and India have no binding goals.

    And Washington never signed up for Kyoto."

    …because it makes no sense.

    " From 2000 to 2002, global CO2 emissions increased by 2.5 percent annually, and about two-thirds of that increase came from low- and middle-income countries.

    China, which is already the second largest polluter behind the United States, increased its emissions by 33 percent between 1992 and 2002. India's emissions grew 57 percent in the same period.

    "This trend will likely continue as economic activity grows," the World Bank report warned.

    The "Little Green Data Book" could intensify debate about how to bring developing nations on board efforts to combat global climate change, which is blamed on rising emissions of CO2 and other so-called greenhouse gases."

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    Herve Nmn L'Eisa

    From a June 2012 article, " Top emitters:

    The past decade has seen a 2.7 percent annual increase in carbon dioxide emissions. China, the United States, the European Union, India, the Russian Federation and Japan rank as the top five emitters, from highest to lowest. Last year's increase was driven by China and India, which saw their carbon dioxide emissions jump by 9 and 6 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, emissions from the European Union, the United States and Japan all decreased, according to the report, Trends in Global CO2 Emissions. "Although all developing countries together increased their emissions on average by 6 percent, the increases in China and India caused by far the largest increase in global emissions," the report notes."

    ALL major emitters need to step up, not just the developed ones.

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