Forest Protection Hinges On 10-Word Phrase
Author: Stacy Feldman
An aerial view of a sawmill that processes logs from the Amazon rainforest that is being inspected by Para state policemen and environmental inspectors in Tailandia, 180 km (112 miles) south of Belem at the mouth of the Amazon River, February 13, 2008.
Photo: Paulo Santos
BARCELONA – Developing nations could end up being paid billions of dollars to raze rainforests and build palm oil plantations in their place if the current text of the Copenhagen climate treaty sticks, a group of advocates warned at the United Nations climate talks on Tuesday.
It’s not set in stone. Negotiators could still reinsert a 10-word phrase that was sliced from the treaty language, but that would have to happen by Friday, the last day of the U.N. talks in Barcelona.