Why Yeb Sano was removed from the UN climate change conference

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For those who don’t know him, Yeb Sano of the Philippine Climate Change Commission gained international attention during last year’s United Nations (UN) climate change conference. Held days after typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) devastated the Philippines, Sano went ‘fasting’ to protest the lack of progress in the said event.

But in the on-going UN climate change talks in the country of Peru, Sano was excluded from the Philippine government’s delegation.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.

International non-government organizations (NGOs) are saying that ‘external pressures’ led to President Benigno Aquino’s decision to drop Sano[1][2] in the same way that his successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ‘dropped’ another climate change negotiator back in 2009[3].

What, or more precisely ‘who’, did they mean by ‘external pressures’?

From 1850 up to 2007, more than 1/4 of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions (which contributes to climate change, which in…

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