United Nations 15th Climate Change Conference Recap

The United Nations 15th Climate Change in Denmark (COP15)  came to an end on December 18th leaving many feeling disappointed with the results. The long two weeks that strove to make a big difference on combating global climate change did not end in the manner so many thought it would.

The Copenhagen Accord is the final result that was drafted between several major countries including the US.  Many of the tough provisions that were originally thought to be included in this agreement were removed because of conflicts between some of the nations.  The deal set lower standards on climate changes and allowed many of the more developed nations to set their own targets.  There will also be an initial $30 billion a year fund to help developing nations cope with the affects of the rapid climate change we are facing.  This number will rise in 2020 and also be used to help slow down deforestation and having developing nations move to more green technologies.

One of the biggest complaints of this accord is that the temperature targets set for climate change are not strict enough and that this is not a legal binding document.  That basically means that no nation is forced to follow it.  There is also concern that some nations may be trying to prevent their emissions to be independently monitored.

With so little that seems to be gained from this accord, there are some still that feel that having all nations in the UN to sign this document is huge progress.  Another good result of the document is that deforestation could drastically reduced in many developing nations.

Regardless of how many felt about the results of this conference, hopefully more change will continue to occur and next years conference will be more successful.

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  1. Yes, the results of the conference are not so fine. I’m agree that without any legal document we won’t be able to minimize the changes in the climate

  2. The lack of anything legally binding will have us seeing many countries flaunting the rules. You’re right…here’s to next year’s conference! And I know it is an opportunity for many leaders to get together over dinners to discuss other issues, but wouldn’t it be greener to hold a mass video conference rather than flying all those people in? The Prime Minister of Australia brought over 100 people with him to Copenhagen…that’s a lot of carbon emissions just from his group.

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