PH negotiator: End climate crisis ‘madness’

A MOMENT OF SILENCE. Naderev Sano and other delegates pay standing tribute to victims of Typhoon Haiyan during the UN Climate Change Conference COP 19 on November 11, 2013 AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI

On the opening day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, Naderev Saño of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission urged for an end to the climate crisis “madness” and pledged to fast at the talks until there is “a meaningful outcome” to the discussions. Saño’s speech comes after super typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc across the Central Philippines. In his speech, he said, “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness right here in Warsaw.” World nations launched a new round of talks in Warsaw to pave the way for a 2015 deal to cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. Saño said that while the Philippines is working on its own renewable energy program, it struggles with it. He challenged developed countries to aid the Philippines by providing an estimated US$500 million for part of the incremental cost for the Philippines’ feed-in tariff. The 12-day United Nations talks opened amid a slew of warnings about extreme weather phenomena unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed.

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