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Published:December 14th, 2009 20:08 EST
Climate Talks Result in Protest and Compromise

Climate Talks Result in Protest and Compromise

By Sean Beelzebul

African nations represented at the UN Climate Talks led a five hour protest which slowed the progress of talks Monday, but also raised the issue of global fairness when striving for a Climate preservation goal. "It is now estimated that sea levels will rise between 0.5 and 1.5 meters by 2100, and in the worst case by 2.0 meters. This will affect many hundreds of millions of people living in coastal areas," the Climate report explained. Because of this, many represented countries expressed a cynical stance, Mohammad Nasheed the president of the Maldives said: "If all the developed nations stop their emissions today, and if we take business as usual, we will still drown,". This cynical attitude justified the financial concern of cutting emissions to these nations. On the flipside, the Chinese had a differing interpretation; "If you list them in order of priorities, the most pressing issues where developing countries want to see results are: firstly finance, secondly emissions reduction targets, third technology transfer," He Yafei, Deputy Foreign Minister for China reported to Reuters. China supported the African Nations reactions to the talk.

These concerns raise huge problems for the safety and well-being of Mother Earth. I highly doubt that a swelling ocean would be the only side-effect of global warming for another 90 years. What is more likely is that extreme weather conditions, fluctuating climate patterns, and a host of agricultural, geographical and other problems will have taken a great toll on not only our planet but how we live in it. I cannot predict how deleterious the effects these catastrophic events could have on the human race. Yet, from the evidence available concerning climate change, if more action is not taken soon, we will all pay the price.