• Tuesday, September 07th, 2010

The United States and the G8 rich nations refuse to commit to carbon targets to halt a global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius. If the temperature rises 2 degrees the Greenland ice cap would melt, the ocean would rise several feet, and the Maldives nation in the Indian Ocean, consisting of islands barely above sea level, would be flooded out of existence.

President Nasheed of the Maldives gave a speech about the negotiations leading up to the climate conference held in Copenhagen last December. He said that rich countries are keeping their own carbon emissions high.

“They never make commitments unless someone else does first. This is the logic of the madhouse, a recipe for collective suicide. We don’t want a global suicide pact. And we will not sign a global suicide pact, in Copenhagen or anywhere. So today, I invite some of the most vulnerable nations in the world, to join a global survival pact instead.”

With the hottest summer on record in Russia and peat and forest fires causing unprecedented soot and carbon monoxide levels in Moscow, President Medvedev has awaked from denial about global warming.

But generally, the rich nations are not taking decisive action on carbon targets, and have chosen suicide, not survival.

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