Pachauri welcomes Bali accord

December 18th, 2007 - 2:32 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has welcomed last weekend’s accord at Bali in Indonesia to launch negotiations on a new pact to fight global warming.
“It’s important that global community starts cutting down on emission of greenhouse gases. You cannot allow one set of countries to continue to emit all these gases and the suffering is carried out by another set of countries who are not at all responsible for this problem. We have to see that whatever was decided in Bali is actually implemented with a sense of urgency and sense of fairness,” Pachauri told Asian News International (ANI).
Pachauri said India should also fulfill its obligations towards ensuring a cleaner environment.
“India has number of choices. After all in every sector of economy, we have some choices for improving the efficiency of energy use. We have means by which we can bring about some structural shifts. Just to give you an example, in transport sector, we should really be emphasising public transport much more than private vehicle transportation. That is good for us for local reasons. Incidentally, we will also be able to reduce or at least contain the growth of greenhouse gasses,” he added.
Nearly 200 nations agreed at U.N.-led talks in Bali on Saturday on a “roadmap” for two years of negotiations to adopt a new treaty to succeed Kyoto accord beyond 2012.
The breakthrough was achieved after the United States softened its stand all the last minute.
The United States dropped opposition to a proposal by the main developing-nation bloc, the G77, which wanted the rich nations to do more to help the developing world fight rising greenhouse emissions.
Under the deal, a successor pact to the Kyoto accord will be negotiated at a meeting in Copenhagen in late 2009.
That would give governments time to ratify the pact and help investors who want to switch to cleaner energy technologies, such as wind turbines and solar panels.
Kyoto accord binds all industrial countries except the United States to cut emissions of greenhouse gases between 2008 and 2012. The new negotiations will seek to bind all countries to emission curbs from 2013.
The Bali accord marks a step toward slowing global warming that the U.N. climate panel says is caused by human activities led by burning fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.
According to scientists, rising temperatures could cause seas to rise sharply, glaciers to melt, storms and droughts to become more intense and mass migration of climate refugees. (ANI)

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