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Philippines: Green groups lament 'dismal' climate change pact

RP urged to drop coal power

Source:  Copyright 2009, Philippine Inquirer
Date:  December 20, 2009
Byline:  Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Environmental groups lamented what they called the dismal end of the global summit on climate change in Copenhagen and issued a challenge to the Philippines.

"It was a major disappointment and it has stopped the momentum of efforts to push for a concerted global effort to address climate change by reducing carbon emission," Von Hernandez, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview on Sunday.

Hernandez said the non-binding "Copenhagen Accord," which set no overall target for curbing greenhouse gas emissions "does not really move the issue of addressing climate change forward."

The accord was agreed on by the United States, China, South Africa, and India.

Hernandez said the absence of clear targets for reducing toxic gas emissions and legal obligations of states would delay the implementation of comprehensive and long-term solutions to address global warming and ...

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