Herald interview: Climate change talks: Dead rats and other ‘disturbing metaphors’

Twelve hours before the Lima climate talks ended, John Weekes from the Herald interviewed me about developments. Luckily, I called it right, and the talks ended just as predicted.

Delegates attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Photo / AP

Talk of swallowing dead rats and “circumcisions turning into amputations” has spiced up the fragile global climate change talks dragging on in Peru.

New Zealand lawyer David Tong, a civil society observer, is one of 14 young Kiwi observers tracking the negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Mr Tong said talks have gone on so long, negotiators from some of the poorest countries have had to fly back as they could not afford to stay in Lima or pay fees to change flight dates.

The UN talks started on December 1 and were supposed to conclude yesterday. The goal was to agree on what should be included in pledges submitted by countries for a climate pact which is due to be adopted in Paris next year.

Mr Tong said the rift between developed and developing countries over how to tackle climate change was deep.

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