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U.N.’s Eco-Shock Therapy

Posted on Sep 20, 2009
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The discussion strategy—pairing polluters with global warming victims—is aimed at creating a new sense of purpose in tackling climate change.

The United Nations is preparing a “diplomatic shock therapy” for its upcoming climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. The intriguing plan will have world leaders—stripped of their entourages—participate in discussion groups, lunch with environmental activists and corporate CEOs, and have dinner with leaders of countries that their pollution most directly affects.  —JCL

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The United Nations is planning a form of diplomatic shock therapy for world leaders this week in the hope of injecting badly needed urgency into negotiations for a climate change treaty that, it is now widely acknowledged, are dangerously adrift.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon and negotiators say that unless they can convert world leaders into committed advocates of radical action, it will be very hard to reach a credible and enforceable agreement to avoid the most devastating consequences of climate change.

As the digital counter ticking off the hours to the Copenhagen summit – which had been supposed to seal the deal on climate change – hit 77 days today, progress at the UN summit in New York is seen as vital. Nearly 100 heads of state and government are to attend the summit, for which a pared-down format has been devised.

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By Night-Gaunt, September 22, 2009 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

Of course its real. Only an ignorant would say otherwise. Did you know that the torrid zone around the equator has extended between 2-3 miles? We are cooler than 1998 but not cooler than 1997 or 1967. We reached a new level of heat and we haven’t gone below it. That is a fact.

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By frankkinney, September 22, 2009 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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the easy money world order summit! china the worlds leading polluter? scientist who say people population birth is the crisis for which global pollution is reason for most concern in talks are EXCLUDED from talks? yes people baby boom is the crisis of concern and these scientist are exculded from talking about what they have come up with for solution to a global problem? world summit of concern and they exculd what! scientist that don’t fit there agenda talks? UN chiek ban ki-moon chief! human rights chief failure? now global summit leader? yeah global summit of lets get the easy money summit dinner get togeather! natural gas change over in the summit talks? phase out oil pollution? NO! coal? natural gas replacement? gas cars oil natural gas replacement? eletric dams replacing coal burning plants? solar energy? natural gas! electric power dams! solar power! natural gas change over technology? global summit get togeather dinner priority? MONEY!!!! yes easy MONEY world leaders summit! solution to global warming dinner? independent truth justice and the american way. AMEN.

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By Russ, September 22, 2009 at 6:39 am Link to this comment
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That would be GREAT! If if were REAL!

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By Night-Gaunt, September 21, 2009 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

We are in such an emergency and very few are doing anything that will matter. We will be lucky if we cut global emissions by 20% by 2050. In fact it could have increased  by that time.

I like the idea and it just may work. We need to get on this yesterday and every day wasted makes the future that much worse for those alive at that time. [Some of the life extension discoveries of today could lengthen life spans for some well into the next century after. Wouldn’t that be ironic?]

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By beeline, September 21, 2009 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

Some urgency does indeed need to be injected into the climate change talks. World leaders must come to some agreements to head off the worst climate change consequences.

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