Maldives, Costa Rica are climate ‘role models’ says website

November 9, 2009 at 11:02 pm Leave a comment


A new website that gives information of individual country pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions was launched on November 6.

The site reveals the commitments made by the biggest polluters are nowhere near enough to prevent dangerous climate change.

Climateactiontracker.org says the pledges made by the developed countries amount to only 8-12% cuts on 1990 levels by 2020 — poor countries insist cuts of 40% or more are needed.

The site politely describes the climate policies of Australia, New Zealand, the US, the European Union and Canada as “inadequate”.

Meanwhile, it says the tiny nations of the Maldives and Costa Rica are climate “role models”. Costa Rica has pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2021. The Maldives will convert to a zero-emissions economy by 2019.

The Maldives has publicly urged the rich nations to follow its lead with climate policies based on the science.

At a two-day conference in the Maldives on November 9-10, attended by 11 countries most at risk from climate change, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed attacked the rich nations for steering upcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen towards a “global suicide pact” when it should instead be a “global survival pact.”

“It is easy to assume that it can be solved by a messy political compromise between powerful states”, Nasheed said. “But the fact of the matter is, we cannot negotiate with the laws of physics. We cannot cut a deal with mother nature.

“At the moment every country arrives at the negotiations seeking to keep their own emissions as high as possible and never to make commitments unless someone else does first. This is the logic of a mad house, a recipe for collective suicide.”

The Climate Action Tracker website is a project of Ecofys and Climate Analytics with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK), with funding from the European Climate Foundation.

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Entry filed under: Climate Action Tracker, Copenhagen, Costa Rica, Maldives.

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