|Costumed activists demonstrate near Eiffel Tower on final day of COP 21, Paris (AP).|
|UPDATE COP 21: climate scientist praises [bad] draft pact amid Paris protests|
|The flood of water over the land mimics the flood (ogha) of samsara over us.|
|White marble Buddha, as if underwater, Wat Pa Phu Kon, Thailand (Bugphai/flickr.com).|
|Buddha's stop fighting mudra (Inkid/flickr.com)|
|Can we live underwater when all the world floods in around us? (TGKW/flickr.com)|
Ven. Nyanatiloka, Buddhist Dictionary: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
|Things get so bad in S.E. Asian countries like Thailand that one needs a boat (latimes.com)|
|Once drowning, Siddhartha found the Way.|
- flood of sensual-desire (kāmāsava)
- flood of (desiring eternal) existence (bhavāsava)
- flood of (wrong) views (ditthāsava)
- flood of ignorance (avijjāsava)
|Save the world: flood Wall Street.|
What about faraway Afghanistan (land of Buddhas)?
|Bamiyan, Afghanistan, where the U.S. and Pakistani created "Taliban" destroyed some of the largest Buddha statues in the world (news.nationalgeographic.com).|
|The Eiffel Tower is a "climatesign" (AP).|
Zaher says he's "almost absolutely certain" the final draft is going to be formally adopted later on Saturday. He says he has been to such conferences for many years and "I hadn't seen a buildup like today, electricity in the air."
He says Afghanistan is being "ravaged" by climate change: "Our glaciers are melting...erratic weather patterns are having a dire effect on our agriculture."
Zaher stressed the Paris agreement would allow "proper transfers of clean technology to Afghanistan." But he also says "we have to -- also as a least-developed country -- play our role to help ourselves."
Afghanistan has promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 13.6 percent below the 2030 business-as-usual scenario. More
Paris: new climate draft and climate refugees
LE BOURGET, France - Here is the latest news related to the U.N. climate conference outside Paris [COP 21], which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:
Dec. 10, 2015
(4:45 pm) International migration officials want a global climate accord under discussion to address the growing risk of migration because of extreme weather. The director of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing, said the planet is seeing more forced migration today than any time since World War II, and seeing what he called "unprecedented anti-immigration sentiment."
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"If we add the effect of climate change...you really have the elements of a perfect storm," he said on the sidelines of the Paris climate talks "We are here...to find out how to weather that storm."
Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said "every second, a person is forced to flee because of an extreme weather event." At least 19.3 million people worldwide were driven from their homes by natural disasters last year, most related to weather events, according to the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.
|France's Pres. Hollande, center, holds box containing int'l petition to support climate talks as he poses with religious figures [like Sri Lankan Theravada monk in orange] at Elysee Palace in Paris, Dec. 10, 2015 (AP).|
(4:30 pm) The chief United Nations environment officer is still optimistic that a deal will be hammered out soon.
"We're now down to some of the so-called red line issues, some of the defining issues in the convention that have to do with principles," said Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Program director. "I think the fact that we are now essentially left with maybe three or four issues that need to have a political compromise negotiated and formulated should give us courage and hope that we are actually moving to an agreement."
Steiner said he thinks the final issue will be differentiation between rich and poor nations, calling it "one of the defining principles of where the convention began its journey."
Steiner said he is still hoping to end talks Friday night as the French have promised.
(3:35 pm) Europe's top representative at U.N. climate talks has accused China of blocking proposals for countries to update their carbon pollution targets every five years, which he called critical for a deal in Paris.
EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete told reporters Thursday "without the five-year cycles, the agreement is meaningless."
Canete said Chinese negotiators are opposed to making five-yearly updates a requirement in the agreement even though they agreed to such reviews before the Paris talks.
More than 180 countries have presented emissions targets for after 2020, when the envisioned deal is supposed to take effect. Scientific analyses show those targets won't be enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial times, the overarching goal of the climate talks. More
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