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Activists walk out of UN climate talks

Activists walk out of UN climate talks

November 21st, 2013 in News

Members of civil society movements are walking out of the U.N. talks on global warming held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, to show their impatience with the government negotiators, who, the movements say, are making no progress in their task of laying foundations for a new climate deal.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Activists walked out of U.N. climate talks the day before they end, saying two weeks of negotiations have brought no results.

Wearing "polluters talk, we walk" T-shirts, hundreds of activists walked out on Thursday from Warsaw's National Stadium, the venue for the meeting.

In a statement, the protesters said the Warsaw talks of more than 190 nations were "on track to deliver virtually nothing" while the "actions of many rich countries ...are directly undermining" the U.N. climate efforts.

No deal is expected at talks, which are meant to lay the foundation for a new agreement on greenhouse gas emission cuts in 2015.

Rich and poor nations are struggling with a yawning rift over developing countries' efforts to make developed countries accept responsibility for global warming.

Susann Scherbarth, from the Friends of the Earth Europe, says the walkout was held "out of frustration and disappointment."