The Copenhagen Climate Conference ended after 2 weeks of intense global negotiations. Although leaders could not agree on a binding climate deal, there was an interim accord. Nations will share information about what they’re doing to reduce carbon emissions, fund climate change mitigation for poor countries, and protect rainforests, but there was no target set for specific reductions. While this is a step in the right direction, we have lots of work ahead of us to achieve a binding agreement in the future.
There is a short-term funding agreement of roughly $30 billion to be distributed over three years beginning in 2010 to help developing countries adapt to climate change and shift to clean energy, and progress on preventing deforestation, but even the personal presence of world leaders wasn’t enough to produce a binding agreement. Passage of a US climate bill will be an important next step to creating a global consensus.
Read the full draft Copenhagen Accord below or download it here.
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