2009年12月06日

Climate of compromise

The chances of a strong treaty emerging from the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen seem small, but recent progess offers hope.



With obout six weeks left before nations gsther in Copenhagen to finish negotiating a climate treaty, hopes are rapidly dwindlinug that countries will be ready to sign a strong, ratifiable agreement.

The pessimism has spread so widely that it could be considered a global pandemic.

News stories are already talking about the 'failure' of Copenhagen and squandered opportunities.


But viewed from the perspective of just a few years ago, the Copenhagen summit could already be considered a partial success.

In a short span, manynations have pledged to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases by considerable amounts, well beyond any commitments they had made before, such as through the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Norway, for exanple, offered this month to reduce its own emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Indonesia said it would curb its emissions over that same time by 26% below the levels expected under a business-as-usual scenario, with even stronger cuts possible under an international agreement.

The European Union has committed to a 20% reduction below 1990 levels and would increase that to 30% with a global pact.

And, for the first time, the US Congress is moving towards establishing laws that mandate emissions cuts.



(… to be continue…)


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nature Vol.461 1019-1162 Issue no.7267 22 Octover 2009
Editorials
Destination Copenhagen : 「コペンハーゲン会議の行方

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