Copenhagen Climate Talks End with Bare Minimum Accord by ProQuest

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The United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen that began on December 7th and ended on December 20th have ended with the 193 participating countries "taking note" of a non-binding "Copenhagen Accord" that sets a target of limiting global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial times, holds out the prospect of $100 billion in annual aid from 2020 for developing nations, and pushes decisions on core issues, including emissions reductions, into the future. Rich nations will submit economy-wide emissions targets for 2020 by Jan 31, 2010.

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    agriculture, transportation and commercial and residen-        2020 from a wide variety of sources to help developing
    tial building sectors; and                                     countries cut carbon emissions and adapt to climate
                                                                   change. No agreement was made as to how much indi-
●   an Environmental Code to establish standards, guide-           vidual countries would contribute to or benefit from any
    lines, and best practices for reducing emissions by large      funds.
    emitters and other sectors.

                                                                 EPA Moves To Regulate Greenhouse Gas
NORTH AMERICAN AND WORLD                                         Emissions
        UPDATES                                                       In September 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection
                                                                 Agency (EPA) took steps to regulate and curtail greenhouse
                                                                 gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. Although a com-
                                                                 prehensive legislative package is preferred to piecemeal
Copenhagen Climate Talks End with Bare                           regulation, the Obama Administration indicated it was
                                                                 unwilling to just sit by and wait until Congress passed a
Minimum Accord                                                   climate bill.
     The United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen that
                                                                      The first move, in late September, was the issuance of
began on December 7th and ended on December 20th
                                                                 a final rule that will require large GHG emitters to collect
have ended with the 193 participating countries ‘‘taking
                                                                 and report GHG emissions data, beginning on 1 January
note’’ of a non-binding ‘‘Copenhagen Accord’’ that sets a
                                                                 2010. The program will cover approximately 85% of U.S.
target of limiting global warming to a maximum of two
                                                                 GHG emissions, and will apply to roughly 10,000 facilities.
degrees Celsius over pre-industrial times, holds out the
prospect of $100 billion in annual aid from 2020 for devel-           ‘‘This is a major step forward in our effort to address
oping nations (without specifying where these funds would        the [GHGs] polluting our skies’’, said EPA Administrator Lisa
come from), and pushes decisions on core issues,                 Jackson. ‘‘The American public, and industry itself, will
including emissions reductions, into the future.                 finally gain critically important knowledge and with this
                                                                 information we can determine how best to reduce those
     A further round of climate talks is scheduled for
                                                                 emissions.’’
November 2010 in Mexico, where negotiators are hoping
to be able to agree a new treaty to replace the Kyoto
								
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