Copenhagen Summit, Round 2

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Today, November 29th, is the followup to the Copenhagen Summit on climate change of 2009. Representatives from countries around the world are meeting in Cancun, Mexico for the UN Climate Conference to discuss a global agreement on how to tackle the problem of global warming. With the monumental failures of the Copenhagen Summit, these representatives have a tall order to fill. Many people were outraged with the non-binding Copenhagen accord made in December 2009 that only pledged to keep the global temperature from rising more than 2° C. With international groups protesting with chants of “2 degrees is suicide,” it was clear that many believed country leaders were not doing enough to combat climate change.

According to an article in The Economist, global leaders are hoping the Cancun conference will lead to “decisions about finance, forestry and technology transfer that will leave the world better placed to do something about global warming.” But there is much skepticism that achieving even the 2° C cap is possible. In order to reach that target, “every signatory of the Copenhagen accord would have to hit the top of its range of commitments,” which we know from experience is nearly impossible. Major carbon emissions producers like the US and China are not likely to be able (or willing) to reduce emissions in such a short period of time. So is it possible for any other major agreements on reducing climate change to be achieved?

Unfortunately, BBC News believes that “in contrast to last year’s summit in Copenhagen, there is a general belief that no new global deal will emerge” from the Cancun conference. The conference has received little media coverage and it is not clear how much pressure the UN has been receiving from international groups to make real commitments to reducing global warming. It seems as if this meeting will come and go and once again leave us with no hopes for the future of our planet.

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2 Responses to “Copenhagen Summit, Round 2”

  1. solidaarisuus Says:

    I share your cynicism in this. As you also mentioned and Democracy Now reported about, the media coverage that at least was gained last time, is now absent. Maybe it is the disappointment of the Copenhagen Summit that has influenced this. It would be interesting to know what is going on behind the scene as we were able to read from the WikiLeaks cables that last time US was using aid as an incentive (or way to blackmail) to get countries to back the deal they wanted. Who knows what is going on this time. Maybe we should try to keep a positive attitude, feels like many of us have given up already and that is not a good sign. But somehow I cannot see any drastic changes taking place. Of course, now would be better time than ever to be wrong about something.

  2. ngoziokei Says:

    There should be agreement between the leaders in the desicion taken for the reduction of carbon emissions, required responsibilities in terms of finance, sustaining forest management and technology advancement. For the benefit of every country in the world and making the globe a better place to live in.

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