As of 4 AM Nov. 20 one hundred and thirty two countries, the G77, China, the African Block and the Island Nations walked out of the Warsaw COP19 conference
Saleemul Huq, the scientist whose work on loss and damage helped put the issue of recompense on the conference agenda, said: "Discussions were going well in a spirit of co-operation, but at the end of the session on loss and damage Australia put everything agreed into brackets, so the whole debate went to waste."According to the Guardian, the contempt shown by the Aussies for the conference, pigging out, wearing tees and more, was the final straw. Australia, among the developed nations is the least able to withstand pressure from the G77 and China. Look at a map.
The substantive issue for the walkout was due to the refusal of the US, EU, Australia and Norway to discuss compensation before 2015.
"This is a red line for us," Munjural Khan, a spokesman for the Least Developed Countries (LDC), told the Guardian. "We have been thinking of ways to harden our position, to the point of walking out of the negotiations."UPDATE: Now all the NGOs have told the US, and Europe to go stuff it, walking out
Around 800 people from environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF, walked out of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw on Thursday in protest at what they see as a lack of progress towards a global deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions.