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Are the UN climate talks about science or money?

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Are the UN climate talks about science or money?

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In this edition of Talk Planet we asked Ragendra Pachauri, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change if he thought the Copenhagen summit was more about science or money.

“I think the discussions have to be driven by science, that’s why we’re all here. If there were no scientific problems why would we be talking about taking any action, but it seems to me that in the discussions sometimes we’re losing track of the science.”

“I found in the Bali conference of the parties much greater reference to the science than you find over here. Of course every country now has an underlying understanding of the science. So to move the negotiations forward I think we need to bring the science to our attention and to be reminded on a regular basis.”

So in the end it is money that decides?

“Well, money in a very short term context, otherwise everybody would lose money over a period of time. The impact of climate change would also be harmful to the economy and we have to keep that in mind, we have to keep in mind the interest of the coming generations.”