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Re: [NewMobilityCafe] Rich 'can pay poor to cut carbon'

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  • Lee Schipper
    does nt work...there is too little emissions in the poor world to cut...if 80% of the cars are in the north, investing to cut the emissions from teh 20% in the
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      does'nt work...there is too little emissions in the poor world to cut...if 80% of the cars are in the north, investing to cut the emissions from teh 20% in the non north by 50% still leaves y ou with 90% of the total emissions.

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      * Rich 'can pay poor to cut carbon'*

      Story from BBC NEWS:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/6957328.stm

      Rich nations should be absolved from the need to cut emissions if they
      pay developing countries to do it on their behalf, a senior UN official
      has said.* *

      The controversial suggestion from Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Framework
      Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has angered environmental groups.

      They say climate change will not be solved unless rich and poor nations
      both cut emissions together.

      But Mr de Boer said the challenge was so great that action was needed now.

      * Carbon credits *

      The UN's binding global climate agreement, the Kyoto Protocol, currently
      requires industrialised nations to reduce the majority of emissions
      themselves.

      But Mr de Boer said this was illogical, adding that the scale of the
      problem facing the world meant that countries should be allowed to
      invest in emission cuts wherever in the world it was cheapest.

      "We have been reducing emissions and making energy use more efficient in
      industrialised countries for a long time," he told BBC News.

      "So it is quite expensive in these nations to reduce emissions any more.

      "But in developing nations, less has been done to reduce emissions and
      less has been done to address energy efficiency," Mr de Boer observed.

      "So it actually becomes economically quite attractive for a company, for
      example in the UK, that has a target to achieve this goal by reducing
      emissions in China."

      He said rich nations should be able to buy their way out of 100% of
      their responsibilities - though he doubted that any country would want
      to do so.

      Green groups said the proposal was against the spirit of the UN, which
      agreed that wealthy countries - who were responsible for climate change
      - should do most to cure it.

      Mike Childs from Friends of the Earth said: "This proposal simply won't
      deliver the cuts we need in time. The scientists are telling us that we
      need to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) by 50-80% by 2050.

      "Unless rich countries start to wean themselves off fossil fuels right
      away this won't happen."

      Doug Parr of Greenpeace was equally critical of Mr de Boer's suggestion.

      "The current trading system is not delivering emissions reductions as it
      is," he said. "Expanding it like this to give rich countries a
      completely free hand will simply not work."

      Story from BBC NEWS:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/6957328.stm

      Published: 2007/08/22 06:39:54 GMT

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      Todd Edelman
      Director
      Green Idea Factory
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