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Rich nations move to penalise poor nations at climate summit

Africa fears the Copenhagen climate change summit will impose heavy carbon restrictions on them while Western nations get off lightly.

All Africa says there is considerable anger in developing nations at the “Danish text”, a draft proposal presented by the host nation Denmark, which would restrict poor countries from emitting more than 1,44 tons of carbon per person by 2050, but rich countries would be able to emit up to 2,67 tons per person.

South African president Jacob Zuma “rejected the notion that a deal should be signed at any cost”, the website reports.

The Guardian says that the Danes also want to weaken the United Nation’s role in handling climate finance, while Oxfam have condemned the paper as containing “too many loopholes” that treats bigger nations more preferably.

The G77 group of developing nations have already rejected the Danish proposals, and there are now suggestions that the text may be withdrawn after China and India also objected.

LH

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