While no full-scale agreement was reached in Copenhagen, a non-binding political accord emerged from the conference, which China and India just endorsed last week. We look deeper at the immediate consequences of climate change on small islands. Ronald Jumeau and May Boeve join Martin Savidge to discuss how to stop global warming.
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The Association of Small Island States (AOSIS), an advocacy group of 42 states, has been pushing hard for action on climate change, which it argues could render some low-lying islands uninhabitable. Worldfocus spoke with the chair of AOSIS for more on its efforts.
China and India -- the world's two most populous countries -- have formally agreed this week to be part of the climate change accord that was worked at last December's climate change conference in Copenhagen. The nonbinding document calls for limiting the rise in global temperatures. Andrew Potter of Al Jazeera English reports on the significance of the news.
Regardless of what the long-term implications of Copenhagen may be, the conference was different from others in the past. Perhaps most notable was how the nations of the developing world came together to make their case. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Lane Greene, an international correspondent for The Economist who recently returned from Copenhagen.
Although almost all scientists agree that the world is getting warmer, not all agree exactly what the effects will be. But in Bangladesh, there is no such certainty. Step Vaessen of Al Jazeera English recently traveled to the island of Bhola in southern Bangladesh, where more than a million people have had to flee to higher ground.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian argues that the Chinese have multiple reasons for the stance they are currently taking at Copenhagen. Leaders must respond to China's pressing demographic changes and safeguard its international image in the developing world.
Will China accept lower growth and higher energy costs that could result from the Copenhagen summit? While virtually no one in China denies climate change, debate focuses on the speed and selection of renewable energy alternatives. Martin Savidge hosts Julian Wong and Rashid Kang to discuss how China is developing its alternative energy programs.
An uproar has broken out in Copenhagen after The Guardian obtained a copy of a proposal called the "Danish Text," which turns the existing approach upside down. Among other things, it would allow rich countries to pollute more than poor nations. For more on the controversy in Copenhagen, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Scott Barrett.
If the leaked "Danish Text" proposal is authentic, the plan would place more bargaining power with richer nations, take negotiating responsibilities away from the UN and abandon the Kyoto Protocol. Representatives of developing nations are irate, saying they will not agree to an inequitable framework that would limit their economic growth. Alan Fisher of Al Jazeera English reports.