December 7, 2009
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Heat Is On As Historic Climate Change Talks Begin in CopenhagenMonday, 7 December 2009, 1:52 p.m.


 
 A “Hopenhagen Earth
Body Guard” poster on a building in the centre of Copenhagen urging
people to sign the climate change petition/AP

Dharamshala:
Thousands of environmental campaigners, politicians and journalists
have converged in the Danish capital in a bid to strike a deal to
tackle catastrophic climate change, media reports say.Delegates from 192 countries are participating in the crucial 10-day deliberations on the climate change.“The
Copenhagen climate negotiations must yield an ambitious, sweeping
agreement to capitalise on pledges by countries to fight global
warming,” UN climate chief Yvo de Boer said on Sunday.The UN
climate chief said time was up to agree on the framework of a tougher
climate deal after troubled negotiations have deepened a rift between
rich and poor nations.”I believe that negotiators now have the
clearest signal ever from world leaders to draft a solid set of
proposals to implement rapid action,” Yvo de Boer told reporters,
according to Reuters.”Never in the 17 years of climate change
negotiations have so many different nations made so many firm pledges
together. Almost every day countries announce new targets or plans of
action to cut emissions,” he said.Scientists and several
politicians have set a limit for temperature rises which they say
cannot go above 2C or the world will feel the effects of “dangerous”
global warming.To do this, developed countries must deliver
cuts of 25% to 40% on 1990 levels by 2020, according to scientists and
by at least 80% by 2050.And with China, India and the US all putting
numbers on the table for what they are prepared to do, momentum does
seem to be building for the talks.World leaders who have
pledged to attend include US President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister
Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh. The maximum capacity of the Bella
Center, the venue of the U.N. Climate Change Conference, is 15,000.
More than double that number — 34,000 — have asked to physically attend
the meeting. Media access is also being limited to 3,500. “This number has already been reached,” U.N. officials said on Sunday.

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