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Christine Milne on the failed Durban climate summit and the politics of global warming


Christine Milne

Christine Milne (ABC)

Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne talks with Dr. Caldicott about her recent involvement in climate talks in Durban. In the interview, Sen. Milne explains why the Durban summit was a failure in terms of any meaningful agreement for the industrial world to cut emissions, and which countries and industries manipulated the outcomes of the conference. Relevant to the conversation are the articles Australian Green Party Leader: U.S. Climate Denial Machine “Being Directed Straight into Australia” Via Murdoch’s News Corp and Scientist: “The Murdoch Media Empire Has Cost Humanity Perhaps One or Two Decades in Battle Against Climate Change.” as well as Sen. Milne’s press release Climate Change & the Zero Carbon World: Durban Agreement Puts World on Track for 3 Degrees Warming. Among the other topics discussed are the importance of forests in reducing the impact of global warming, and how the Durban talks opened the way for more logging and burning of wood chips. Also examined is President Obama’s role in obstructing progress on addressing global warming. Sen. Milne sheds light on why China could take lead the way in taking decisive action against climate change, and how carbon trading is supposed to work. As background, and to understand the urgency of global warming and the implications of the Durban summit’s failure, read US destroying climate talks: Kyoto Protocol on life support, Frustration Builds As Climate Talks Go into Overtime, Obama is Days Away from Killing Talk on a Climate Deal?, Draft Climate Deal Dubbed ‘A Death Sentence for Africa’, Study: World Drifting Toward 6-Degree Warming, Carbon Dioxide Emissions Break Growth Records, Climate Change May Modify Half Earth’s Plants, As Permafrost Thaws, Scientists Study the Risks and Naomi Klein’s Inconvenient Climate Conclusions.

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