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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Climate Deal Finally Reached at Copenhagen


At last some sort of agreement has been reached at the climate meet being held at Copenhagen.
Things looked bleak, there was a dead end in sight. The blame game was on and no one thought there was the slightest chance of any sort of agreement even, leave alone a deal. Time was running out. But the good news is that the United States has reached a climate deal with the BASIC countries. Yes it's true. President Barack Obama announced that the US has reached an agreement with India, China, South Africa and Brazil.

Obama went on to say, "We agreed to set a mitigation target to limit warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius. It's a nonbinding goal, and the emissions targets "will not be by themselves sufficient to get to where we need to get by 2050. It is a first step, and that for many countries "this is going to be the first time in which even voluntarily they offered up mitigation targets. I think that it was important to essentially get that shift in orientation moving. For the first time in history, all major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action to confront the threat of climate change." The president also added that he believes it is necessary that the countries work towards a legally binding treaty, but also said, "If we just waited for that, we would not make any progress."

This is not an entirely satisfactory deal that has been reached, but at least it is a start. And though it is not legally binding, a platform has been laid for world leaders to work ahead on. A lot more needs to be agreed upon and done ahead, if we are to save our planet, the only one we have that too!

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