18 Dec 2009 08:12:04
Copenhagen deals not enough to save planet, says report
Deals currently being offered by delegates at the UN summit in Copenhagen are not good enough to save the planet from climate change.
That is according to a leaked report obtained by the Guardian, which suggests that agreements reached so far would still lead to an average global temperature rise of three degrees Celsius.
With just one day for world leaders to commit themselves to a strong and fair climate deal, concerns are now being raised over the final outcome to emerge form the two week-long conference.
Greenpeace campaigner Joss Garman told the newspaper: "This is an explosive document that shows the numbers on the table at the moment would lead to nothing less than climate breakdown and an extraordinarily dangerous situation for humanity.
"The UN is admitting in private that the pledges made by world leaders would lead to a three degrees Celsius rise in temperatures. The science shows that could lead to the collapse of the Amazon rainforest, crippling water shortages across South America and Australia and the near-extinction of tropical coral reefs, and that's just the start of it."
According to the Stern economic review of climate change for the government, a rise of three degrees Celsius could have devastating impacts on the planet with 50 per cent of the world's species facing extinction.http://tinyurl.com/yf9aocb