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Tiny Tuvalu Makes Waves at COP15

The tiny island nation of Tuvalu, so vulnerable to the threats of climate change, has flexed some new-found muscles here in Copenhagen, and is...

The tiny island nation of Tuvalu, so vulnerable to the threats of climate change, has flexed some new-found muscles here in Copenhagen, and is turning the talks upside down. On Wednesday, after much back and forth and no consensus found on a proposal to set the course for a legally-binding outcome in Copenhagen, the Tuvalu's lead delegate Ian Fry announced that they could not accept the decision, that the stakes were too high for Tuvalu and other vulnerable nations, and asked that the talks be suspended. The air was sucked out of the room.You can read all the wonky details in my post on OnEarth, or you can get the quick skinny from David Ngatae, chairperson of the Cook Islands Climate Action Network: You can follow along blow-by-blow on my Adopt-a-negotiator feed.

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