Maldives pledges deepest carbon emission cut by 2020

Jan 31, 2010 (LBO) – Maldives has voluntarily pledged to slash carbon emissions 100 percent by 2020, which is the deepest cut promised by any country so far under an international accord, the Indian Ocean archipelago said. “Climate change threatens us all,” Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said in a statement.

“If we don’t act now, we will lose the rainforests, lose the coral reefs and, potentially, lose human civilization itself.”

Under the United Nations sponsored ‘Copenhagen Accord’ countries have to send in their carbon emission cutting pledges by January 31.

Maldives, a group of low lying islands, fears inundation from rising sea levels as global warming melts ice caps.

The Maldivian economy depends on fishing and tourism. Tourism is based on coral island based beach resorts in diving is a key activity. A clean environment is vital to its economy.

In a letter to the Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), on 29 January, Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed had said its efforts would internationally measured and verified.

Proponents of global warming gathering under the banner of UN sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on