COP17 nothing but more “hot air”, says WWF

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Influential wildlife conservation group the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) joined other international groups in delivering scathing criticism of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in December 2011 in Durban. Samantha Smith, Leader of WWF’s global climate and energy initiative, said in a public statement after the two-week event: “Science tells us that we need to act right now because climate change will get worse. But it is clear today that the mandates of a few political leaders have outweighed the concerns of millions.

“Unfortunately, governments here have spent the crucial days of negotiations focused on only a handful of specific words in the negotiating texts, instead of spending their political capital on committing to more and real action to address climate change,” said Smith, adding that the US, Japan, Russia and Canada were some of the nations that “had consistently resisted raising the level of ambition on climate change”.

Jim Leape, WWF Director General, added his voice to the criticism, observing that “last year governments agreed to keep global temperatures from rising more than two degrees, but here in Durban they have utterly failed to live up to that promise”.

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