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NTU professor touts online climate talks before UN summit

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Those interested in having a say in the world’s solution to global warming will have their chance at the World Wide Views on Global Warming 2009 (WWViews), which will host 58 nations for a video conference on Sept. 26.

“We hope that through a public discussion, we can get an idea of what people know and expect of the world’s climate problem, based on which we can draft public recommendations for climate policies to governments around the world in Copenhagen,” said WWViews Taiwan program director Lin Tze-luen (林子倫), a professor of politics at National Taiwan University (NTU) and a long-time environmental activist, when referring to a UN climate meeting known as COP15 to be held this year.

Besides discussions and exchanges, participating citizens will be able to vote on some of the issues that will be negotiated during the COP15, Lin said, adding that although Taiwan is not part of the UN, Taiwanese can sign up to participate in the meeting, Lin said.

“We ask people who are over 18 years old to sign up for this event from now until Aug. 25. If we get more than 100 names, we will draw out the final participat list,” he said.

“From Dec. 7 to Dec. 18, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change negotiations will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark,” Lin said.

During the summit, government leaders from more than 170 countries, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations, businesses and industries from around the globe are expected to reach a climate agreement about what happens after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, Lin said.

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