six month away and things heating up (pun intended)...
Lines drawn ahead of COP17
Judging by the intensity of the exchanges and the views expressed at a World Economic Forum plenary on the upcoming conference yesterday, there remain formidable obstacles toward finding real solutions to the problem of global climate change.
The differences over what needs to happen to curtail global emissions and get funding to pursue alternative energy sources dominated the plenary addressed by, among others, President Jacob Zuma, Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Sasol chief executive Pat Davies and India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma.
Zuma went so far as to call the climate change challenge a “life and death” issue that warranted real commitment from all stakeholders to tackle.
“I’ll be happy if our agenda in Durban is clear – to see where we differ, what are the priorities. We should not go to Durban just to make speeches,” Zuma told the plenary.