In what could be a far-reaching move, the world’s poorest countries say they are now prepared to commit themselves to binding cuts in their emissions of greenhouse gases, reports Alex Kirby for Climate News Network. Until now, the 49-strong group of Least Developed Countries (LDC) have insisted the primary responsibility for tackling climate change through carbon cuts lies with industrialised nations, which emitted most of the carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere. This move by the LDC, a major negotiating bloc at the UN talks, has the potential to quicken the pace of the glacially-slow UN climate change negotiations, conducted to forestall runaway global warming. Until now, developed nations have used the refusal of LDCs to act first as an excuse not to act themselves. The LDCs are now set to act as a very pro-active group, leading by example and doing. The LDCs are no longer waiting for others to act. Quamrul Chowdury, a lead LDC group climate negotiator, notes that the LDCs want to encourage “climate change mitigation, because mitigation is the ultimate adaptation. And adaptation has its limits.”
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Least developed countries agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In what could be a far-reaching move, the world’s poorest countries say they are now prepared to commit themselves to binding cuts in their emissions of greenhouse gases. The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/03/climate-change-greenhouse-gas-emissions