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30 November 2010

SA failing as climate leader

South Africa is Africa’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, but will likely align at Cancun with other big developing economies advocating poverty alleviation over reducing emissions.

South Africa is Africa’s largest economy and the continent’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The country’s emissions per capita are on par with those of the United Kingdom, and more than twice as high as China’s emissions by the same measure.

But going into negotiations at the U.N. Climate Conference in Cancun, it is likely that South Africa will align itself with other big developing economies, advocating an approach that prioritises poverty alleviation over any binding commitment to reducing emissions.

 
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