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‘No deal’ at climate talks

Issue No. 2230

World leaders are meeting in Cancun, Mexico, this week for the COP 16 climate talks. But they don’t believe these will have any impact.

Britain’s climate secretary Chris Huhne said, “No one expects a binding deal on climate change in Cancun.”

The one area where our rulers say they can make progress is in forestry protection. But the big winners will be the rich.

Banks, oil companies and carbon traders can invest in Redd (Reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation) schemes and, as a happy byproduct, grab control of land and resources.

In the meantime they can continue spewing out carbon because their Redd investment counts as “offsetting”.

Our rulers are proving, once again, their total inability to deal with the threat of climate change. The only way to save the planet is to build a movement with the power to force change.

Join the national climate march: this Saturday 4 December, assemble 12 noon, Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, London. Go to

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Tue 30 Nov 2010, 18:17 GMT
Issue No. 2230
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