asked by AnaDP on Wednesday 6th October 2010

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100 nations sign up for Copenhagen climate deal. How much did your country pledge to reduce emissions? Do you think it should have been more than that?

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLDE61M1XT

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+2 #2 Juan Carlos Arredondo 2010-03-17 19:40

The pledges are here: http://unfccc.int/home/items/5262.php

Those from developed nations are under "Quantified economy-wide emissions targets for 2020"

Those from developing countries are under "Nationally appropriate mitigation actions..."

Are the pledges enough? NO

The collective effort does not reduce the emissions in a quantity that could diminish the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere and would not impede the probable increase of global mean temperature by 2°C.

In other words, the pledges are not enough if we want the world emissions to reach a peak soon and then start to diminish in the coming years.

 
 
+1 #1 Jan Kunnas 2010-03-19 07:58

According to an estimate by the "Climate Action Tracker" released on 2 February 2010, only two out of 10 developed countries' had reduction targets submitted to the Copenhagen Accord qualifying as 'sufficient' to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. The reduction targets of all countries currently associated with the Accord would leave the world heading for a global warming of over 3°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

http://www.climateactiontracker.org/pr_2010_02_02.pdf