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Le Monde, France

Copenhagen Climate Talks: 'Failure and Disappointment'

 

"In today's world, when it comes to questions of the magnitude of the climate, if there isn't a preliminary agreement between China and the United States - the famous G2 - nothing significant is going to happen."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Philippe Guittard

 

December 19, 2009

 

France - Le Monde - Original Article (French)

 

A demonstrator at the Climate Summit in Copenhagan, makes his feelings known, as the talks ended in disappointment, Dec. 19.

 

FRANCE 24 VIDEO: China's place at the 'top table' of world powers is increasingly secure, Dec. 18, 00:02:24RealVideo

It's difficult to hide the profound sense of disappointment. Difficult not to get the impression of a failure that will have serious consequences - a failure in regard to what should have been at the heart of the two week U.N. conference convened in Copenhagen which ended Saturday, December 19: the fight against global warming. Nothing less, in fact, than the preservation of the state of the planet for future generations.

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But such is the dominant reaction in Europe - that of a failure to the pessimist and a half-failure to the optimist. Meanwhile, some of the 192 countries at the meeting at Copenhagen have yet to receive, in plenary session, the minimal text concocted by a score of them.

 

The diagnosis was quickly arrived at: in the negative. This text doesn't even address the overall objective for which the conference had been arranged - by 2050, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. In the opinion of a majority of experts, only this level of reduction will keep overall global warming under two percent from now to 2050. However, the consequences of anything beyond 2 percent are likely to be devastating

 

The text merely records the commitments of individual states to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gasses. It's based on the honor code and declarations of intent. It isn't a precise and binding document. Neither does the text incorporate the idea of a global environmental organization charged with responsibility for ensuring a modicum of control over CO2 emissions.

 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy exhorts his fellow world leaders to act,

at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Dec. 18. [Click here or click photo to watch

speeches by Chancellor Angela Merkel; Iran President Ahmadinejad; Brazil President Lula; and French

President Sarkozy.]

 

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So what happened? Europe defended its ambitious objectives but didn't know how - or was unable - to close the divide. It was marginalized by a coalition that is a testament to the distribution of political power in today's world: the United States, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. China is at the heart of the failure of Copenhagen. For reasons of economic competitiveness, Beijing doesn't want to impose overly-restrictive environmental standards on its industrialists. But much more important than that, China doesn't support the idea of international controls over it.

 

In today's world, when it comes to questions of the magnitude of the climate, if there's not a preliminary agreement between China and the United States - the famous G2 - nothing significant is going to happen. Even less so, if it falls to 192 nations to decide under an unworkable and inappropriate U.N. procedure like the astonishing free-for-all that just ended in Copenhagen.

 

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