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EU pledges climate cash to poor nations: Reinfeldt

AFP · 11 Dec 2009, 14:01

Published: 11 Dec 2009 14:01 GMT+01:00

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"The EU total is equal to €2.4 billion per year," over the next three years, with voluntary pledges coming in from all 27 EU member states, Reinfeldt said after a two-day EU summit in Brussels, held under the auspices of the Swedish EU presidency.

The 'fast start' money is Europe's contribution to helping the developing world to adapt to global warming over the next three years and to encourage the ongoing UN climate change conference in Copenhagen to do more.

"It was also possible through the night to get contributions from all 27 member states," and the European commission, Reinfeldt said, as the voluntary pledges topped the €6 billion target set by the Swedish EU presidency.

EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barros said he hoped other nations would now match the EU's ambitions. British premier Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy also demanded that leaders in Copenhagen agree a treaty that would be "legally binding within six months," and issued a new target for a global reduction in deforestation, which should reach 25 percent by 2015.

Brown raised recession-mired Britain's contribution to £1.2 billion ($2 billion), with Sarkozy all but matching the figure, meaning that between them Britain and France pledged €2.5 billion.

Downing Street said Britain would boost its contribution further "if others are equally ambitious in Copenhagen." The British Prime Minister said a final Copenhagen deal must be consistent with a Group of 20 leaders' commitment to maintain global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial times.

Towards that end, the EU should commit to reduce its emissions by 30 percent by 2020, he added, although his peers in Brussels have said that should be conditional upon similar movement from other big polluters like China and the United States, which is not yet the case.

EU figures published last week showed confirmed pledges from developed nations outside Europe would mean carbon dioxide cuts of just 13 percent. Sarkozy said the boost to Europe's financial pledge was important to "give credibility to rich countries' commitments towards African countries, which we need (to come on board) in order to get an ambitious deal."

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"What's expensive is doing nothing. What is costly is immobility, is failure," he said. The French leader said he and Brown will host a dozen African heads of state from the Congo basin on Wednesday "to tell them that we want to help them fight deforestation."

Environmental group Greenpeace gave the EU cash pledge a cautious welcome. "Short term funding is necessary but there is a risk that this will be used to greenwash an outcome which is weak and doesn't have any structural needs-based funding. Climate change will not be beaten in three years," Greenpeace EU campaigner Joris den Blanken said.

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16:14 December 11, 2009 by BrittInSweden
Don't the developed countries need to sort out their own climate control issues before giving money to developing countries to do it?
16:21 December 11, 2009 by livinginsweden
Hi Reinfeldt,

The fair and democratic way to address climate warming ... (i wish it is warmer today) is to make sure that all Europeans and Swedes lower their personal carbon footprint..

We over consume meat and we and our cows produce more co2 than the people in poor countries .... and we get fat .... and use more petrol to drive our cars with fat arzzes in them ... so lower our consumption of food and lower our personal carbon footprint.

Also lower or ban our imports from those poor countries and we achieve two things .... the Africans have more food to eat themselves and we lower the co2 produced when transporting those food here.

That way we are more healthy, Africans dont starve, and co2 is lower ... and you can keep the billions of false promises.

18:06 December 11, 2009 by Kathi Peterson
In the United States there's growing skepticism about the whole global warming alarm being raised. It's a scam. It's time to review the history of the debate, do some further research and review and re-think the roll of every country. I personally don't believe in taking money from one country and it's taxpaying citizens and giving it carte blanche to another one. The money is mismanaged and often wasted. There are better ways to help developing countries than send money.

Check out another point of view:

18:21 December 11, 2009 by G Kin
The climate crisis MUST be tackled globally. Developed countries that have RUINED the climate MUST take the responsibility and pay for efforts in the developing countries.

Remember the effects will be worst in those parts of the world that have contributed list in causing the climate change.

We in Africa are already suffering, drought, irregular rains. In Cameroon we have in the past 5 years been scrambling to plant trees in the north of Cameroon (Marua,etc) in an effort to hault the ever advacing desert.

Our path to industrialization will now be harder than it has been for you guys. We can't just burn coal now without thinking about the CO2.

We must hold your feet on fire to

take reponsibility.
18:36 December 11, 2009 by Roy E
The dictators who will be pocketing your tax money thank you.
19:28 December 11, 2009 by MTTRN
Climate change is a lie.
21:52 December 11, 2009 by Osokin
The cake is a lie
22:25 December 11, 2009 by G Kin
Say more to justify climate change is a lie.

Well, you wish it was don't you?

It isn't and these initiatives must and will be taken.
22:48 December 11, 2009 by kmbr
“Global Warming” aka “Climate Change” is a socialist hoax designed to steal money, accumulate power, and restrict freedom. EVERYONE who advocates for this sham knows exactly what they are doing. They are liars and traitors and deserve to be sent to prison at the MINIMUM. They actually deserve much worse.
02:52 December 12, 2009 by Larry Thrash
It must be nice to be a third world dictator these days. The western world is wanting to give you money to build more palaces and secret police to oppress your citizens.

Hoax and Chains. Obama our savior.
10:59 December 12, 2009 by kmbr
This global warming BS originates straight from the European elites not any American.

And they plan to pilfer the third world as they always have. The 3rd world was up in arms at the beginning of the summit because they went into this thinking it was a gravy train and it turned out they were going to be taxed also.

The Euro elites plan to use this money to live in more opulence, continue down their path of eugenics and see to it that more and more of the rif raf of the world die. It's already been shown that people starving to death has gone up one full third because we are burning FOOD for fuel. Climate Change kills poor third worlders.
12:35 December 12, 2009 by MTTRN
@ G Kin

Of the 186 billion tons of CO2 that enter earth's atmosphere each year from all sources, only 6 billion tons are from human activity. Approximately 90 billion tons come from biologic activity in earth's oceans and another 90 billion tons from such sources as volcanoes and decaying land plants.

At 368 parts per million CO2 is a minor constituent of earth's atmosphere-- less than 4/100ths of 1% of all gases present. Compared to former geologic times, earth's current atmosphere is CO2- impoverished.

CO2 is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Plants absorb CO2 and emit oxygen as a waste product. Humans and animals breathe oxygen and emit CO2 as a waste product. Carbon dioxide is a nutrient, not a pollutant, and all life-- plants and animals alike-- benefit from more of it. All life on earth is carbon-based and CO2 is an essential ingredient. When plant-growers want to stimulate plant growth, they introduce more carbon dioxide.

read this and read carefully

13:48 December 12, 2009 by CarlBlack
@ Kathi Peterson: This skepticism is growing also in Europe, except for the leaders and politicians, who see climate issues as a way how to increase various taxes in an acceptable way, and thus have more control over money. This is also much safer topic for them than handling economic issues.

It's funny how originally scientific topic was transformed into pure opposite: a kind of religion, where no debate is accepted on high level.

There is apparently no climatological outcome of the so called climate conference at all, the whole thing is about money redistribution. At short time one will see announcement of new taxes... The money are set to go somewhere with a very general purpose, no wonder that majority of them will be turned into bribes. A list of particular projects to be financed in particular countries in order to cut pollution would be the only reasonable outcome of such conference - an evaluation of priorities. And money should go directly to projects of possible without transfer through corrupt local governments.
19:24 December 12, 2009 by wenddiver
This is another Socialist sham to steal tax dollars/euros. Although it is always better to not pollute if you have a choice, to stop the modern progress of humanity by transfriing funds from sucessful countries to countries that embrace ideologies and religions that stunt their growth is ignorant and helps nobody.

The new technology will come about naturally by market forces. As oil becomes rarer it will become more expensive, people will try other things. But the idea that there is a solar panel that will one day power a steel smelter is ignorant.

By the way if you create a Bureacracy to give away your money, why are you surprised when they do? A game for the stupid.
03:12 December 13, 2009 by Davey-jo
Yes, yes but what will this do to slipper collecting? I demand to be told. Are my slippers losing value as I type? Are my slippers green?
12:19 December 13, 2009 by Beynch
Environmentalism = The New Socialism! After socialism so spectacularly met its demise with the collapse of the Soviet Union, The kleptocracies of the third world, - where their dictators became used to their strangle hold of the inustrialized West - have found a new way to plunder us. Environmentalism. Let's face it, the ruling dictatorial elites of most African nations, and others in South America, and Asia, are not interested in helping their nations, and promoting responsible governing. They are primarily interested in lining their own coffers with the proceeds of whatever they can blackmail, and squeeze, out of the indstrial nations to shovel their way. Reinfeldt, you're being mislead!
14:43 December 13, 2009 by glamelixir
It does exits, a very good friend of mine is a new technologies for envirormental issues researcher and she told me exactly the opposite, what is a scam is the people trying to say it doesn't exist as that is the card to use by corrupt politittians who have interest in the companies that are creating it.

Still I remark the words of " living in Sweden", spot on! can't agree more.

And giving money all the time to other countries doesn't help. I think our prime minister should take the tunnelbanna or the go to hotorget more often and see the increasing amount of people begging for money here in Sweden.

Start thinking about Sweden Mr. you are planning to turn this place into a country only for a rich elite to survive....
19:10 December 13, 2009 by Uncle
livinginsweden - you are ain't economist are you eh? Not even close... Ban imports of meat from poor countries in order to help the people that live in these countries? I am quite right wing, but you must be some sort of extremist right with your proposals to kill off the third world.

How do I put it simply? People in poor countries grow cows because fat arse westerners buy it. If the fat westerners would stop buying the meat, the meat would not be still produced to accommodate the poor people.. It is not something that is produced "anyways" since the break even point with beef is very high...

In addition, many countries are hanging on their exports like on the last straw. If they will not be able to sell to the west, they will not produce meat, hence they will not pay taxes, hence the social help there will completely stall and literally millions will start dying...

You want to improve the lives of the poor people? Stop using ethanol. Land IS a limited resource and it is better to sell for a lower price to the locals than nothing to the rich countries (corn's break-even is MUCH lower than beef and can be still profitable if sold locally).

But then - there is a dilemma - millions of Africans now, or your grandchildren in the future? Interesting...
12:24 December 14, 2009 by Rebel
There was more evidence that Saddam was developing nuclear weapons than there is for clobal warming being caused by mankind.
13:47 December 26, 2009 by Hagen
You want to help this Planet ? then push for a massive downsizing in the world population.

The Copenhagen conference by-passed this, to their eternal shame !!

Too many people means too much pollution, simple as that !!
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