Philippine typhoon overshadows UN climate talks


Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 8:04 PM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan (HY'-ahn) is casting a gloom over U.N. climate talks that got underway today in Warsaw.

During the two weeks of talks, more than 190 countries will try to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming.

At today's opening session, the envoy from the Philippines broke down in tears, and announced that he would fast until a "meaningful outcome is in sight." His appeal brought a standing ovation from the other delegates.

Scientists say single weather events can't conclusively be linked to global warming. And the link between man-made warming and hurricane activity isn't clear -- although rising sea levels are expected to make low-lying nations more vulnerable to storm surges.

Still, extreme weather such as hurricanes often brings calls for urgency at the U.N. talks.

On the sidelines of the conference, activists called on developed countries to step up their emissions cuts. They also want those countries to provide more financing to help poor countries adapt to rising sea levels and other impacts of climate change.

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164-a-12-(Christiana Figueres (krihs-tee-AH'-nah fee-GEHR'-ehz), executive secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in opening remarks)-"want and need"-Christiana Figueres of the U.N. told the conference that the world is in urgent need of greater climate security. (11 Nov 2013)

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165-a-09-(Yeb Sano (yehb SAH'-noh), climate change commissioner, Philippines, in remarks)-"the goal posts"-Philippines climate change commissioner Yeb Sano says the typhoon that hit his country reflects the urgency of the climate change problem. (11 Nov 2013)

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166-a-14-(Yeb Sano (yehb SAH'-noh), climate change commissioner, Philippines, in remarks)-"stop this madness"-Philippines climate change commissioner Yeb Sano appeals to the leaders of the U.N. climate conference for action against global warming, which he blames for the devastating typhoon. (11 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO XCS159: Naderev Sano from the Philippines holds flowers that where presented by other nations and organizations as a sympathy symbol for the Philippine people hit by typhoon Haiyan during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (11 Nov 2013)

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