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How Copenhagen Could Mean Disaster for Africa

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Environment, Politics, Copenhagen, Africa, Mother Jones,

One idea floating around the international climate change talks in Copenhagen is the notion that letting the earth warm by two degrees would be acceptable. A two-degree agreement would translate to 3.75 degrees for Africa, according to Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, “which means basically Africa is being turned into a furnace.” Di-Aping, one of the primary negotiators for a coalition of mostly impoverished nations called the Group of 77, told Mother Jones, “That’s basically certain death for Africa, and as such it’s not something that any African—man, child, or woman—will accept.” In response to the idea, representatives staged a protest by chanting, “two degrees is suicide.” You can watch a video of that protest below:

Source: Mother Jones