Recent attempts by rich countries to postpone a binding climate agreement hit the rocks at a meeting of Environment Ministers in Copenhagen today, as vulnerable developing countries made clear that delay was not an option.
Environment Ministers from 45 countries will be gathering on 16 and 17 November to map out what the climate deal will look like. The meeting is an opportunity for rich countries to get the Climate Summit off on the right track and show poor countries that there is still a deal worth fighting for.
Oxfam today warned that EU countries must cut themselves loose from the US or risk losing a groundbreaking climate deal that has been two years in the making. A fair and safe deal can be struck in Copenhagen this year, but world leaders cannot wait for the US to play catch-up.
Two years ago, rich nations promised to deliver a legally binding climate deal in Copenhagen. Now rich countries have admitted to back peddling in order to accommodate the US.
The camellones (or ‘camel humps’) system was last used 3,000 years ago. But communities in this jungle region of Bolivia are now reviving the system – with impressive results.
Slideshow of the Oxfam Big Heads in Barcelona. So far, big headed leaders have failed to commit their fair share of the new money that is needed to help poor countries adapt to a changing climate.
Adapting to climate change means communities - and countries - are taking action to reduce their vulnerabilities and build their resilience to these new and heightened risks, to reduce the damaging impact that climate change will have on their lives and livelihoods.
Oxfam called on the US to join Europe in laying its climate finance cards on the table as international climate talks opened in Barcelona today.