Philippines Urges Action on Climate Talks Deadlock After Typhoon Haiyan

"UN negotiations in Warsaw must deliver emergency climate pathway as new storm brews in the Pacific, says government."

"The Philippines government has firmly connected the super typhoon Haiyan with climate change, and urged governments meeting in Poland on Monday to take emergency action to resolve the deadlocked climate talks.

'We cannot sit and stay helpless staring at this international climate stalemate. It is now time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway,' said Yeb Sano, head of the government's delegation to the UN climate talks, in an article for the Guardian, in which he challenged climate sceptics to 'get off their ivory towers' to see the impacts of climate change firsthand.

Sano, whose family comes from the devastated town of Tacloban where the typhoon Haiyan made landfall on Friday, said that countries such as the Philippines did not have time to wait for an international climate deal, which countries have agreed to reach in Paris in 2015."

John Vidal and Adam Vaughan report for the Guardian November 12, 2013.


"Typhoon in Philippines Casts Long Shadow Over U.N. Talks on Climate Treaty" (New York Times)

"It’s Like the End of the World, Say Storm Survivors" (Times of London)

"Philippines envoy: UN Climate Talks Are 'Fight for Country’s Future'" (Responding To Climate Change)

"Philippine Delegate Fasts at Climate Talks To Urge Action After Storm" (Reuters)

"Typhoon Haiyan Overshadows UN Climate Talks" (AP)

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"Philippines Blames Climate Change for Monster Typhoon" (Grist)

"Typhoon Haiyan 'the Result of Climate Change'" (Telegraph)

"Super Typhoon Haiyan: A Hint Of Storms To Come?" (Weather Underground/Climate Central)

"Mood of 'Realism' About Future Deal at Climate Talks " (BBC)

Source: Guardian, 11/12/2013