The radical Islamists of Tunisia's Ansar al-Sharia movement on their website asked their supporters not to attend a rally planned in the city of Kairouan, a day after vowing to defy a government ban on the planned rally.
Latest update: 21/12/2009
Copenhagen : deal or no deal?
Copenhagen fails to find any common ground on how to tackle climate change, a final draft decision taken into consideration by the UN leaves many delegates cold. ENVIRONMENT meets a variety of the characters who took part in the talks.
US President Barack Obama called it an unprecedented agreement between nations, but the final draft of the UN Copenhagen summit has sparked a fury of outrage among environmentalists and developing nations. It does not contain a target figure for emissions reductions, nor does it create an international body that will ensure commitments are respected. All it does state is that money will be provided to developing nations to help them adapt to climate change, though how much money comes from each country and for which project has yet to be defined.
“Our future is not for sale I regret to inform you that Tuvalu can not accept this document,” said Ian Fry, delegate for the island state of Tuvalu.
The two page text, taken into consideration was a finale that fell far short of what many participants were hoping for. Lobbyist Remy Gruet, a lobbyist for the European Wind Energy Agency was pushing for tough targets to limit carbon dioxide emissions in a bid to boost his business; activists that had come from across the globe feel let down, with Greenpeace calling the city a climate crime scene.
For some sceptics however the summit was always more about politics than it was science. Henrik Svensmark of the Danish National Space Centre, believes that current global warming is not necessarily man-made. Rather, he says, the sun’s activity is to blame. Cosmic rays travels are controlled by the magnetic activity around the sun, high activity blocks the cosmic rays and thus prevents the cloud formation, which keep the planet cool.…
Either way the effects of climate change are already being felt in many corners of the planet and a number of climate refugees have also come to Copenhagen to present their stories and tell the world how global warming has already destroyed their lives.