Environment Articles - How will the world be affected by the outcome of the Copenhagen climate plan?
December 2009 saw Copenhagen welcome more than 40 world leaders and an additional 20,000 delegates at the seminal United Nations Climate Change Conference. Without doubt the most heavily anticipated discussion of the year, and dubbed ‘the most important gathering in the history of humankind' by environment secretary Hilary Benn, the summit promised to be the single biggest international push in finally addressing the issue of global warming.
The main focus of the event, and no doubt the most discussed topic over the course of the summit, was about how to establish action. The committee aimed to summarise and agree upon a list of clear decisions on how to slow down the current rate of carbon emissions worldwide, and cement this ‘to do' list with a series of actionable objectives over the course of the next nine months. The world's super powers agreed to limit global temperature rises to less than two degrees Celsius. The US, China, Brazil, India and South Africa also agreed to gift $30bn to developing countries over the next three years
Nicaragua submitted proposals to restart the negotiations on legal requirements of emission reductions from developed nations. Previously the United States has come under pressure due to its seemingly slow reactions to getting involved in tackling worldwide environmental issues and this trend continued in Copenhagen. President Obama's speech received a lot of criticism - with many commentators saying his plans to cut US emissions by four percent on 1990 levels as being less than is required to action change.
In the face of increasingly strong public opinion and mounting scientific research findings, the United Nations Climate Change Conference had key environmental issues on the agenda, not least the threat of flooding as weather conditions become more extreme, and how to implement recommendations from 2008's Pitt Report. The media notoriety that natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina have been getting worse has been in part dubbed ‘the Al Gore effect' thanks to the former Vice President's significant work in raising awareness of climate change repercussions.
Friends of the Earth, campaigners for solutions to environmental problems, has spoken out against the proposed action of major countries, in particular the USA, stating it wants countries to pledge an emissions cut of 40% or more. Previous discussions highlighted funding as being critical to help cut emissions, with Gordon Brown calling for £100bn of global funding to be made available to support this action. Whatever the government news is, the focus seems to very much be on a strategic worldwide investment, rather than any single technological attempt at a solution. It's just that to some organisations, the major countries aren't doing enough to evoke change or to encourage developing countries to make the required changes.
Related Tags: climate change, government news, copenhagen summit, environmental news
Your Article Search Directory : Find in Articles
Recent articles in this category:
- Law Articles - Public Criminal Records on the Net
If you're looking for the safest place to be with this time, you may have some difficulties doing so
- Law Articles - Selecting a Criminal Defense Lawyer - The Do's and Don'ts
In basketball, they say that a good defense is the best offense. The same goes when you have to go t
- Christianity Articles - Mighty Acts are here and Psalm 150
1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2
- Government Articles - Lito Atienza For Manila Mayor - Vote For Someone Prolife
In the approaching Manila elections, a prospect with supreme pro life advocacy has indicated his des
- Government Articles - Real ID - Great Idea or Bad Idea?
Real ID Act of 2005 is calculated to fight terrorism, identity theft, and other problems by strength
- Christianity Articles - Remember the Law of Moses (Malachi 4:4)
The Philadelphia Trumpet magazine article, Remember the Promises, presents itself as offering some g
- Christianity Articles - Taking a Stand for the Temple Mount!
On many political and religious forums I post and participate on (just google David Ben-Ariel and se
- Christianity Articles - Alternative to United Nations
The hypocritical UN, that diseased body of the dysfunctional family of nations, is worthless except
- Spiritual Articles - The Realities of 2012
As with most serious problems in our country, only a crisis of major proportions generates action. B
- Advice Articles - WARNING: Do Not Take This as Financial Advice
The recent upturn in some of the indicators and the stock market is because of stimulus and business
Most viewed articles in this category:
- Lost on a Couch
"Lost on a Couch" - the psychological reasons for the US defeat in Iraq In many ways the de
- Why Should We Fight the War Against Terror?
The War on Terror is getting a lot of attention these days. Most people either strongly suppor
- Is George Allen's Political Career Over?
In the wake of George Allen's defeat by Jim Webb, let's not write Allen's political obituary just ye
- Freakonomics, a Book Review
If the thought of a book on economics is about as exciting as watching your toenails grow, or you ar
- The Basics of Government Auctions
A government auction is a good place to buy quality or unusual merchandise at a bargain. Government
- Controversial Treatment Gives Patient Higher Quality of Life but Takes Away Self Dignity
In Seattle, a 9 year old girl named Ashley is affected by a disease called static encephalopathy. T
- Organic and Fairtrade Baby Food
Organic baby food has been around for a number of years but the first Fairtrade baby food was launch
- The Greening of America's Cities
The Greening of American Cities Today, merely collecting the garbage, running a bottle recyclin
- What to Expect from Schwarzenegger's Health Care Plan
After successful body building and acting careers, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to attack the world
- What is Bird-Flu?
Over the past year, Bird Flu has been pasted on the headlines of every major media outlet