The annual UN conference on global warming has opened in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. It brings together 189 nations who will discuss how to fight global warming and its effects. Kenyan vice president Moody Awori: “We must therefore resolve to protect our scarce resources otherwise our people will continue to languish in perpetual poverty. Disasters such as droughts and famine are as a result of climate change which we must boldly accept as a challenge for all of us.”
The conference opens a day after the publication of a UN report warning that Africa is even more vulnerable than feared to climate change which is widely blamed on greehouse gas emissions. The talks will seek to ease disputes over the Kyoto protocol and establish a plan beyond its expiry in 2012. The EU, a main backer of the plan, wants the US – which has rejected Kyoto and is one of the world’s biggest polluters – as well as China and India to commit to reducing emissions.