PH laments outcome of Doha climate talks

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 17 2012 04:06 PM | Updated as of Dec 18 2012 12:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines lamented the low carbon reduction commitment that came out of the climate talks in Doha.

Only a few countries agreed to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce carbon emissions, setting a reduction target of only 18  percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

The Climate Change Commission believes this is not enough to prevent a further increase in global temperatures.

"Ang napagkasunduan lang, although may second commitment period ay 18 percent lamang below 1990 levels. Ang ibig pong sabihin nito: kung patuloy na ganito lang ang commitment ng developed countries ay maaaring trajectory ng tinatawag nila na impact ng two degree to four degree ay mangyayari," Secretary Lucille Sering, vice chair of Climate Change Commission said.

"So overall, the Doha talks, based on the developing country perspective, is weak. We are still very hopeful that by next year this will improve."