Sydney, Australia (PressExposure) August 26, 2009 -- A new poll released today by a leading climate change blog asks your opinion about today's announcement that Africa will seek annual climate change compensation at the upcoming Copenhagen round of talks later this year.
Africa will probably be hardest hit by the effects of climate change throughout the rest of this century, according to many commentators.
Yet Africa as a whole has only released 2% of the carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere, according to some researchers.
Which has led many African leaders to seek compensation from those nations who have benefited the most from fossil-fuel use - affluent Western nations.
The underlying issue is related to the principle of justice: That those who have created the problem should clean it up: or that those who have gained the most should share with those who stand to lose the most.
So what is your opinion? Should the West compensate Africa - and by extension other poor countries - for the many negative consequences of global warming?
Climate change is happening right now, with increasing amounts of scientific evidence showing that it is occurring much faster and with greater effects than previously thought.
Global warming will impact on every aspect of daily life, including health. Most health effects are predicted to be adverse, ranging from infectious diseases and heatwaves to drought, famine and the effects of sea level rise.