China has moved swiftly to capitalize on divisions in the Pacific over climate change at an acrimonious summit in Tuvalu, offering a regional “step up” initiative to counter cash handouts by Australia and New Zealand. Note: China has the highest carbon emissions of any country in absolute terms, along with the United States, but was oddly not singled out for any criticism in Tuvalu.

Consider: The eleven Pacific Island countries have a combined population of about 2.3 million people, scattered across an area equivalent to 15% of the globe’s surface. China can swallow up the entire Pacific Island population and have the biggest back yard on the planet.

Pacific Islanders summit ends in furor over coal

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