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Rulers' Rio meeting fails to deal with climate change

by Martin Empson in Rio de Janeiro
Issue No. 2309

The agreement reached at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development contains almost no binding commitments.

Politicians and business lobbyists attended the summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week.

Rulers acknowledge its failure, but blame each other for it. The EU’s proposals for a “green economy” flopped in the face of opposition from rulers of poorer countries.

They don’t want to be told they can’t pollute by representatives of countries that have emitted most carbon dioxide.

Hibist Kassa, a socialist from Ghana, told Socialist Worker, “The summit is making it clear that capitalist states, north or south, won’t provide meaningful responses to poverty, joblessness and climate change.”

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Tue 26 Jun 2012, 17:32 BST
Issue No. 2309
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