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Posts Tagged ‘chaos’

Egypt crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 gennaio 2011

Cairo, Egypt – President Hosni Mubarak said he asked the government to resign after thousands of Egyptians defied a curfew and faced police tear gas.
•    President Hosni Mubarak appeared on television late today and ordered his government to resign after thousands of protesters throughout Egypt defied a nighttime curfew and continued with demonstrations
•    Troops have been sent onto the streets in Cairo, along with Suez and Alexandria, where buildings were also set alight, after a day of rioting and chaos
•    The headquarters of President Mubarak’s National Democratic Party was set ablaze and there are also reports protesters have stormed the state television building; Internet and phone services – both mobile and landline – have been severely disrupted
•    Some experts think President Moubarak’s comments may provoke further unrest
•    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Washington would review its aid to Egypt based on events in the coming days.
Analysts available for comment: Abdallah Schleifer is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than thirty years. From 2006 to 2007, he was Washington Bureau Chief for the Al Arabiya TV network, and has previously worked for NBC, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Star. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo.

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Climate chaos squandered in Copenhagen

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 dicembre 2009

Copenhagen. Greenpeace strongly condemned the arrogance of the heads of state from the world’s most powerful countries for presenting a ‘take it or leave’ deal to the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Whilst en route to the airport they claimed the deal was done, it was not. All they left was chaos and confusion in their wake. Working through the night negotiators struggled to understand the status of the so called ‘Copenhagen Accord’ as the Copenhagen Climate Summit came to an inglorious, incoherent and fiercely disputed close. Greenpeace International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, warned: “The world is facing tragic crises of leadership. Rather than coming together to secure a future for hundreds of millions of people by agreeing an historic deal to avert climate chaos, leaders of the world’s most powerful countries have betrayed future and current generations. Averting climate chaos has just gotten a whole lot harder.” The Copenhagen Accord is being hailed by some as a step forward. It is not. In fact it has not even been formally adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP).  It does not contain strong measures for emission reductions in developed countries. It is a major concession to climate polluting industries, especially in the fossil fuel sector which lobbied hard to undermine a deal and now has a license to continue to pollute. There are a few plus points, however, it provides for the establishment of a new Climate Funding Mechanism and agrees on the need of large scale finance, up to 100 billion dollars a year, to allow developing countries to protect their forest, to put their economies on a low carbon pathway and to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Furthermore developing countries agreed to take both voluntary action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase those actions if financial support was provided by developed countries. The conference did not agree a way forward to establish a legally binding agreement.  Although negotiations will continue next year, the loss of the ‘legally binding’ objective made the Copenhagen Summit a huge missed opportunity. The world now has to resume the journey on the road from Bali to Mexico where a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement to avert catastrophic climate change must be adopted.

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Greenpeace comment on Climate Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 dicembre 2009

The time for negotiators’ work is ending.  By the end of the day they must hand everything over to the Ministers and Heads of State.   In the meantime, Heads of State must pick up the phone – to guide their negotiators, and to talk with other leaders. They must, focus on the substance, the real numbers on emission reduction targets and finance for developing countries, which will get the kind of fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty that is needed to avert climate chaos.  –   Yesterday saw objections from various groups within the G77, which is the direct result of years of mistrust and broken promises.  Yesterday morning’s argument started with the African Group objecting to moves by the industrialized countries to widen loopholes (through LULUCF rules), while still not raising their emissions cut targets. –  It is clear that movement and flexibility on the side of both industrial countries and the big developing countries is needed, but to break the deadlock industrialised countries must make the first move – both on emission reduction targets and long term financing. –  The next round of LCA and KP texts are due out from the chairs later today. – Watch the AWGKP numbers discussion.  The original numbers in the Chair’s text, [30-45%] by 2020, have now been watered down by Umbrella group countries, most specifically Canada, which is opposed to a science-based top down approach and wants to simply add up the current pledges, present them as the total, and hope they solve the problem.

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