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[greenyes] Global Warming - Developing Nation's View of Mr. Bush's Position


"A more obvious attack on the US position came from the President of
Argentina, Nestor Kirchner.

"He accused rich countries of double standards by insisting on the
repayment of financial debt from the developing world, while refusing to
acknowledge their own 'environmental debt' - since it was the industrialised
economies which created the build-up of greenhouse emissions, but the poor
who will suffer the worst impacts of global warming."



Climate change hits bottom line
By Tim Hirsch
BBC environment correspondent in Buenos Aires


The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has announced that 2004 is
expected to be the fourth warmest year worldwide since records began.


And the insurance industry says this year will face unprecedented claims for
damage from weather-related disasters.
Both sets of figures were released as ministers from 180 countries heard a
message from the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urging an end to doubts and
delays on action to combat climate change.

The WMO reported that the average temperature of the world's surface for
2004 was expected to be 0.44C higher than the mean for the period 1961-1990,
making it the fourth hottest year since 1861, just behind 2003, but still
well below the all-time record year of 1998.

New risks

And this year has been the most expensive ever for the insurance industry in
terms of payouts for damage from natural disasters such as hurricanes and
typhoons.


According to preliminary figures compiled by the leading re-insurer Munich
Re, insured damage for the first 10 months of 2004 amounted to $35bn, with
the United States facing the biggest bill of $26bn.
Overall economic losses, the majority of which were uninsured, are expected
to be about $90bn.

Among the disasters singled out in the report are Hurricane Ivan, which
devastated the island of Grenada in September, killing 28 people and causing
an estimated $1bn in damaged homes, buildings and agricultural losses.

The report says the insurance industry is also worried that new
climate-related risks may be emerging, such as Hurricane Catarina, which hit
southern Brazil earlier this year.

It developed in the south Atlantic where the sea temperatures are normally
too low for tropical cyclones to form.


We need to stop this dangerous experiment humankind is conducting on
the Earth's atmosphere
Thomas Loster,
Munich Re insurance

Thomas Loster, a climate expert with Munich Re said: "As in 2002 and 2003,
the overall balance of natural catastrophes is again clearly dominated by
weather-related disasters, many of them exceptional and extreme.

"We need to stop this dangerous experiment humankind is conducting on the
Earth's atmosphere."

The figures were released as ministers gathered for the final stage of the
UN conference to discuss future action on climate change.

'Seize this moment'

The executive director of the UN environment programme Klaus Toepfer read a
message from Mr Annan saying the eyes of the world were on the governments
gathered in Buenos Aires.

Mr Annan said: "People around the world want to know that you are working
together, on a multilateral basis, to address this challenge with all your
creativity and will.


"They want genuine signs that the days of delay and doubt are behind us. I
call on you to seize this moment."
While it did not mention the US by name, the apparent reference was to the
refusal of President George W Bush to take on targets to cut greenhouse gas
emissions set by the Kyoto protocol, which comes into force next year.

A more obvious attack on the US position came from the President of
Argentina, Nestor Kirchner.

He accused rich countries of double standards by insisting on the repayment
of financial debt from the developing world, while refusing to acknowledge
their own "environmental debt" - since it was the industrialised economies
which created the build-up of greenhouse emissions, but the poor who will
suffer the worst impacts of global warming.

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