Friday, December 18, 2009

There's Hope Yet

Malaysia is adopting a voluntary national reduction indicator of up to 40% in terms of GDP emission intensity by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. Najib Razak announced yesterday in Copenhagen that this was part of Malaysia’s contribution towards global efforts to combat climate change despite the long and difficult road ahead. “This is no easy task. In fact, it is nothing short of a herculean endeavor,” he said, adding that the summit offered the best hope for a global framework of co-operation (Star, December 18, 2009, p N2). A good move by Malaysia, and hopefully, it is not just empty rhetoric.

The same newspaper (p W37) also reported that the Danish hosts revived climate talks and Washington backed a US$100 billion fund to aid poor countries as world leaders tried to reach a deal on global warming. As French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, ‘Time is against us, let’s stop posturing. A failure in Copenhagen would be a catastrophe for each and every one of us”. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel asserted, “If each and everyone does a little bit more than we can do this”.

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