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From 7 December environment ministers and officials will meet in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate conference to thrash out a successor to the Kyoto protocol. The conference, held at the modern Bella Center, will run for two weeks. The talks are the latest in an annual series of UN meetings that trace their origins to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, which aimed at coordinating international action against climate change.

Officials will try to agree a new climate treaty as a successor to the Kyoto protocol, the first phase of which expires in 2012. According to Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, the four essentials needing an international agreement in Copenhagen are:

1 How much are industrialised countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?

2 How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?

3 How is the help needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed?

4 How is that money going to be managed?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/copenhagen

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Barack Obama's speech disappoints and fuels frustration at Copenhagen

US president offers no further commitment on reducing emissions or on finance to poor countries

Barack Obama stepped into the chaotic final hours of the Copenhagen summit today saying he was convinced the world could act "boldly and decisively" on climate change.

But his speech offered no indication America was ready to embrace bold measures, after world leaders had been working desperately against the clock to try to paper over an agreement to prevent two years of wasted effort — and a 10-day meeting — from ending in total collapse.

Obama, who had been skittish about coming to Copenhagen at all unless it could be cast as a foreign policy success, looked visibly frustrated as he appeared before world leaders.

The extent of crisis in the talks has taken leaders by surprise. The Brazilian leader, Lula da Silva, told the conference that the all-night negotiating sessions took him back to his days as a trade union leader negotiating with his bosses.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009...eech-copenhagen

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UN asks leaders to stay overnight in Copenhagen

The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has asked world leaders to stay overnight in Copenhagen to secure a deal at the climate talks

Stavros Dimas, the European commissioner for the environment, said the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, had asked leaders to stay on until tomorrow to secure a deal. Dimas said: "The secretary-general of the United Nations has asked people not to leave tonight."

The delay, he said, was in order to give the leaders the extra time needed to clinch a deal. "I cannot imagine 120 leaders going back to their countries with empty hands. Everyone expressed commitment to fight climate change. OK, do it."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009...-stay-overnight

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Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure

The UN climate summit reached a weak outline of a global agreement in Copenhagen tonight, falling far short of what Britain and many poor countries were seeking and leaving months of tough negotiations to come.

After eight draft texts and all-day talks between 115 world leaders, it was left to Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, to broker a political agreement. The so-called Copenhagen accord "recognises" the scientific case for keeping temperature rises to no more than 2C but does not contain commitments to emissions reductions to achieve that goal.

The deal was brokered between China, South Africa, India, Brazil and the US, but late last night it was unclear whether it would be adopted by all 192 countries in the full plenary session. The deal aims to provide $30bn a year for poor countries to adapt to climate change from next year to 2012, and $100bn a year by 2020.

Negotiators will now work on individual agreements such as forests, technology, and finance – but, without strong leadership, the chances are that it will take years to complete.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009...copenhagen-deal

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What a year for Wonderful Copenhagen! The 2nd Outgames in the summer; the IOC meeting in October; then the fractured Climate Conference in December.

Can the happy/melancholy Danes handle any more excitement? They packed it all in in one year!!

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Denmark is currently in a lame duck situation as far as I know, as soon as the next election comes the current government will be unceremoniously booted from office. Its been something like 15 years of the same government.

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