Monday, December 1st, 2008
How will carbon credits play into all of this? Just another sordid tax on human activity, or might they actually do something to help the environment? And just how closely would our emissions – and by extention, our travel habits, energy consumption, dining preferences, etc – be tracked? If the IMF gets its wish to become the mint for a world government, will some new currency or financial instrument be yoked to a carbon credit system?
Jasmeet Sidhu, Toronto Star
December 1, 2008
POZNAN, POLAND – Against a backdrop of global financial crises, the UN Climate Change Conference opened today with a call for a new climate deal by 2009.
At the same time, conference leaders cautioned that competing national interests and conflicting objectives should not trump the urgency of the climate issue and the need to reach a global agreement in time for the Copenhagen conference next year.
“Today, we are starting our two weeks of difficult work. Don’t let particular interests obscure objectives and the need to change the present direction taken by humanity,” said Maciej Nowicki, the conference president.