Filipino climate delegate on hunger strike at UN talks

WARSAW - A climate negotiator from the Philippines is fasting at United Nations talks in Warsaw until progress is made towards fighting the climate change he blames for the typhoon that ravaged his country.

Mr Naderev Sano launched his hunger strike on Tuesday, CNN reported.

Mr Sano, who comes from the typhoon-hit town of Tacloban, said that he was fasting "in solidarity with my countrymen" - including his brother, whom he said "has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands".

Mr Sano, who heads the Philippine delegation to the climate meeting, announced his decision as the 12-day talks got under way.

Choking back tears, he said: "The devastation is staggering. I struggle to find words to describe how I feel about the losses. Up to this hour I agonise, waiting for word on the fate of my very own relatives."

The emotional envoy urged negotiators to knuckle down and find ways of meeting the UN objective of halting global average warming at 2 deg C above pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

"What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness...

"We can stop this madness right here in Warsaw," said Mr Sano.