Hi everyone! Just wanted to quickly share this NPR story that I just heard on All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=246409449
(The story just aired, but the audio will be available by 7 pm tonight.)
The story is “At Climate Meeting, Tensions Rise between Rich and Poor Nations.” The featured interview is with a UN negotiator representing Bangladesh, and he voices several poignant concerns of developing countries which are proving difficult to negotiate in Warsaw. The main point of contention between developing and developed countries is the suggestion that advanced, wealthier countries should provide financial and technological aid to developing countries in order to help them adapt to climate change.
The discussion is especially interesting in that the discussion in Warsaw seems to be increasingly revolving around adaption as opposed to mitigation. It seemed clear in our readings and class discussion that developed countries have an incentive in helping developing countries to take measures in mitigating climate change, because climate change is a global issue which inevitably effects everyone, no matter who the contributor. However, do developed countries have the same incentive to help developing countries adapt to climate change? Are developed countries obligated to perhaps help those developing countries who have shown a commitment to stopping climate change?
I really recommend listening to the clip – it’s short and very relevant to the material we just covered!