Climate Change Talks Reignite Cold War-Era Conflicts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Philippines' head negotiator Naderev Sano (2dR) and supporters hold banners while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 19 on November 19, 2013 in Warsaw. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty)

United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Warsaw have reopened old wounds this week, reigniting Cold War-era conflicts between developed and developing nations and the global north and south.

Representatives from some of the world's poorest countries staged a walk-out yesterday as the United States, the European Union, Australia and other developed nations refused to discuss payment for extreme environmental damage, such as the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, until after 2015.

With regard to the developing nation's demands, the European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told The Guardian, "We cannot have a system where we have automatic compensation when severe events happen around the world. That is not feasible."

Isaac Valero, the European Union's spokesman for Climate Action, explains where the E.U. stands and what's in store going forward.


Isaac Valero

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Brandel

Will this compensation mechanism cause a precedent that may come back to haunt all concerned? And will it cause a tit for tat situation? As an example, Wikipedia places the origin of AIDS as sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS is a devastating disease. Could one take this as a precedent for seeking compensation from sub-Saharan African countries for their lack of attention on the control/expansion of AIDS? I don't see it happening, but it raises an interesting possibility.

Nov. 21 2013 03:16 PM

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