As the Copenhagen conference creeps closer, there is still no sign of an international agreement.
India, the world’s fourth biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has said it will not sign any binding carbon emission cuts at the climate meeting.
The US plans to cut its emissions by just 17% based on 2005 levels not the UN recommended 1990 levels.
China’s announced a cut using a carbon intensity measurement which actually allows a doubling of emissions.
António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees spoke exclusively to euronews. He said:
“Cutting emissions is very important, but it isn’t enough. Already climate change is having its impacts and its impacts are mainly in the most vulnerable countries. Climate change is a global accelerator for factors that force displacement. One of the dramatic ones is the fact that some islands states might even disappear.”
An estimated 200 million people will be on the move as environmental refugees by 2050.
People from the Indian Sunderbans islands are a prime example. Two of their 100 islands have already vanished under the water. Rising sea levels has forced 10,000 of the islanders to move elsewhere.