December’s Copenhagen UN Climate summit now looks likely to provide only a political agreement, and a package of measures to help the poorest nations deal with global warming. There is a risk no binding agreement on cutting emissions will come before the end of next year, but Denmark’s environment minister is aiming higher.
Connie Hedegaard said: “Let me be very clear, half agreement is no agreement. We must deliver on this and I must say that my feeling from the recent hours is there is a very very strong will to try to deliver on this. Of course there are still many pending issues to be solved but I’m encouraged by the determination ministers have shown to get this done and to get it done now.” The deadline for greenhouse gas cuts has been pushed back to avoid failure in Copenhagen, but many environmental activists say delaying doing something is the biggest failure of all.