News 360o - Briefs
Poznan talks begin
Delegates from 186 nations congregated in the Polish city of Poznan on December 1 to negotiate a new climate change treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.
Ministers discussed their vision for long-term cooperative action and emphasized the economic slowdown should not overshadow the fight against climate change. unfccc Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said developing countries will be the hardest hit as they have limited capacity to cope with climate change and need financial and other assistance to implement adaptation strategies. By the time the magazine went to print, differences between developing and industrialized countries remained largely unresolved on issues such as technology transfer and funding climate change projects.
Clean water, cash are luxuries
Zimbabwe declared a national emergency after a cholera outbreak killed at least 484 people and sickened over 11,000 since August, said the UN on December 2, 2008.
Unable to handle the health crisis, doctors and nurses in the capital city Harare took to the streets on December 2. They blamed the epidemic on the country