Friday, November 20, 2009

17 Days Until Copenhagen

The Obama administration is working hard to position a scaled-back agreement at Copenhagen as a success while keeping ensuring the US's role in the process is perceived in a positive light. The key components of an interim agreement are thought to include non-binding political commitments for emissions reductions by developed nations as well as a legitimate pledge on an international aid program for climate change combat and adaptation.

Leaders at APEC, Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum, last week, officially dropped the goal of an accord for a 50% global emissions reduction by 2050 at Copenhagen. The singular goal, "a very controversial issue in the world community which could disrupt the negotiations process," was cited as the reason for the elimination by a Chinese official.

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