At the UN Climate Conference in Bangkok, representatives from 200 countries have discussed how to build on the agreements made at the climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico last December. Delegates are aiming to set up a green climate fund to help less developed countries meet climate targets, and extend the existing Kyoto Protocol.
UN Climate Change chief, Christiana Figueres, said: “In organising the work, care needs to be taken that the Cancun mandates are fulfilled within the agreed timelines, and that the less developed elements can catch up.”
Meanwhile record-breaking loss of Arctic ozone has been reported at the European Geosciences Union meeting. In the first three months of the year, 40 percent of the ozone in the stratosphere has been destroyed. The impact on the environment is incalculable.
Ozone protects against skin cancer, but is destroyed by pollution and although laws to protect the Ozone layer have been passed, the existing pollution is expected to last for decades.