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Rich nations alone can't halt global warming: Report

Published on Dec 4, 2012 11:33 AM
 
EU commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, centre, speaks during a press conference in Doha, Qatar. All countries, rich and poor, were moving "recklessly slow" on reducing emissions, said a report issued on the sidelines of UN climate talks. PHOTO: AP

DOHA (AFP) - Poor nations must make haste to curb greenhouse gas emissions as even an impossible zero-percent pollution target for the developed world by 2030 will not stop calamitous climate change, a report warned Tuesday.

Co-authored by former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern, the document said that while rich countries are responsible for the bulk of Earth-warming gas emissions since the industrial age, the world could not afford to play the blame-game.

All countries, rich and poor, were moving "recklessly slow" on reducing emissions, said the report issued on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar.

"There is a deep inequity in that rich countries grew wealthy on high-carbon growth, and poor countries will be hit particularly hard by climate change," it said.

 
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