"U.S., EU, Reject Brazilian Call for Climate Equity Metric"

"The U.S. and European Union blocked a proposal supported by 130 nations including Brazil and China that would use pollution levels dating back to the industrial revolution to help set limits on emissions in the future."

"Australia and Canada joined in opposing discussion of the plan when it was introduced Nov. 11 at the start of two weeks of United Nations-sponsored talks Warsaw. Developing nations are still pressing for it to be included in the discussions, said Ambassador Jose Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, the lead envoy for Brazil, which authored the plan.

'They flatly reject that possibility of at least discussing it,' Marcondes de Carvalho said in an interview yesterday. 'Our proposal is meant to make available for countries a metric of their historical responsibility in terms of temperature rise. It would be one of the elements in the future agreement.'"

Alex Morales reports for Bloomberg November 14, 2013.


"The Inequality of Climate Change" (New York Times)

"Japan Sets Emissions Target in Setback to UN Treaty Talks" (Bloomberg)

"Rich Nations Must Pay Up If U.N. Climate Talks To Succeed: China" (Reuters)

"Poland Seeks To Make 'Coal' a Less Dirty Word At U.N. Climate Talks" (Reuters)

"Japan Dials Back Climate Change Emissions Target" (The Hindu)

"Warsaw Climate Conference: No Discussion on Agriculture in Ongoing Session" (Times of India)

"The Global Carbon Budget and Why the Warsaw Climate Talks Matter" (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Source: Bloomberg, 11/15/2013