Obama: "We risk catastroph" – Corriere della Sera

Below is a rough translation of a report from Italian website Corriere.it reporting the words of USA president Obama on climate change. He mentioned Africa saying that climate change is causing big damages to less developed countries and particularly in Africa.

MILAN – “The threat is serious, urgent and growing: if nothing is done to future generations in danger of irreversible catastrophe.” The American President, Barack Obama sounded the alarm about the future of the planet from New York, is ongoing in the UN summit on climate: “The time left to run for cover, is about to expire. The security and stability of all nations and all peoples are at risk. ” Obama makes no secret that a new climate agreement, even if possible, “will not be easy.” “We have no illusions, the hardest part of work remains to be done in view of Copenhagen – said the American president -. The United States has done little but this is a new day, this is a new era and I can say with pride that the United States has done more for clean energy and reducing pollutant emissions into the atmosphere over the last eight months in any other period in history. ” So he invited coma emerging countries as China and India “to do their part by adopting strong measures.”

HU: ‘Reduction CO2’ – And China, as expected, launched a positive signal. President Hu Jintao said the country intends to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide per unit of gross national product of a “substantial margin” in 2020. In front of an audience of over one hundred world leaders, Hu stated that his government is doing tremendous efforts and will continue to act “decisively” He spoke of a major increase in forest area of environmentally sustainable technologies and a 15% increase in the share of non-fossil energy in total consumption thanks to a “vigorous growth” of renewables and nuclear. To date, China is considered the country most responsible for the overall pollution of the atmosphere with the U.S.: the two countries is attributable to 40% of CO2 emissions. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, saying he was in total agreement with the ‘Green New Deal “of Obama, recalled that his country intends to reduce by 25% the greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

BAN KI-MOON – The meeting at UN Headquarters was opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has criticized the international community for the “glacial slowness” of negotiations towards a new treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol 2013. “We have less than ten years to avoid the worst scenarios – he told Ban returning from a mission to the North Pole -. Arctic sea ice could disappear by 2030 and the consequences would be felt by the peoples of every continent. ” Climate change occurs primarily in less developed countries and in particular Africa, where “climate change threatens to wipe out years of development, destabilizing countries and overthrowing governments.” Ban appealed to industrialized countries, inviting them “to take the first step ‘, because that’ other take bold steps.” The new treaty must include “goals for the reduction of emissions by 2020 and financial and technological support” to countries in the developing world. Failure to climate conference in Copenhagen in December, he concluded, would be “morally unjustifiable economically unwise and politically shortsighted.”

PAM: “HUNGER ON THE RISE” – The UN World Food Program has joined the call of the Secretary-General. “Climate change concerns us all. Every day at Pam looked at the effects of the damage that hunger, caused by weather events impose on people who receive our help. Every day we see people affected by droughts and floods – declared the executive director Josette Sheeran -. In the wake of the financial crisis and the food, the hunger caused by weather events is now relentlessly hitting poor communities and hungry. The objective of the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger is most at risk. It is losing ground, with 150 million additional hungry people in the past two years. “

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