Countering climate change calls for concerted cooperation

14:25, December 12, 2010      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon addresses the closing ceremony of the UN climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 11, 2010. The UN climate change conference finally reached a deal to fight global warming early Saturday after an all-night session, overruling objection from Bolivia. (Xinhua/Bao Feifei)

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The latest U.N. climate change conference ended here Saturday after over 190 parties endorsed a package crafted to shore up their collective campaign against global warming.

"This is a new era of international cooperation on climate change," Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said at the closing of the two-week meeting, which Mexican President Felipe Calderon hailed as "a thoroughgoing success."

As senior Chinese delegate Huang Huikang stressed during the gathering, climate change is "an undisputable fact" and "the gravest challenge to humanity in the 21st century."

Along with worldwide socio-economic development, climate change has afflicted increasingly visible damage to humans in such fields as the environment, water resources, food and energy. And obviously, developing countries are the biggest victims of this formidable problem.

Meanwhile, developed countries are the main contributors to the current climatic troubles, as scientific research has revealed that the runaway climate results largely from the gargantuan quantity of greenhouse gases emitted during the past 200 years of their industrialization.

In addition, developed countries are still running on high-carbon tracks, accounting for 80 percent of the over 10 billion tonnes of hazardous gases discharged annually across the globe.

However, due to the impact of the global economic restructuring and the international financial crisis, developed countries lack a strong political will to shoulder their responsibility, even as climate change has put human existence in danger.


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