THE European Union is fiddling while the world's climate burns, South African Nobel Peace prize winner Desmond Tutu has said in a strongly worded open letter.
EU leaders yesterday opened a summit in Brussels dedicated to the question of how to fund the fight against climate change in poorer regions of the world.
"Around the world hope of a fair and ambitious climate-change deal is receding . The EU, previously progressive champions for action on climate change, is paralysed by unseemly bickering among its member states over who will pay the bill," Tutu wrote.
Tutu has emerged as a key spokesperson for the world's poor nations on climate change.
The EU is deadlocked between rich Western and poor Eastern states over how much each should pay. - Sapa-dpa