South African President Zuma Opens Talks In Durban: ‘Climate Change Is A Matter Of Life And Death’

“For most people in the developing countries and Africa, climate change is a matter of life and death,” South African president Jacob Zuma said at the opening ceremony for the international climate talks in Durban, South Africa, “citing the war in Sudan, the famine in Ethiopia, and floods in South Africa.” “Change and solutions are always possible,” he said. “In these talks, states, parties, will need to look behind their national interests to find a solution for the common good and human benefit.” Zuma did not make any specific commitments for his country, the largest emitter of carbon pollution in the African continent.

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