The UN climate summit is entering its final phase with a high level session getting underway on Tuesday night. Delegates have been studying a new draft text, containing no fixed target on reducing emissions. It is due to be revised overnight as working groups report back. There have been more warnings over the importance of securing a deal.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said:
“The world is watching, is literally holding its breath, we have only until this end of this week.”
The previous text made public last Friday mentioned two possible objectives – limiting temperature rises either to 1.5 or two per cent.
The Americans said on Tuesday that they did not anticipate altering their target to cut carbon emissions by 2020. President Obama has stated that the US aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 17 per cent compared to their 2005 levels.
Todd Stern, US Special Envoy for climate change said: “We fully recognise our historic role of putting emissions up in the atmosphere and we also fully recognise our responsibility to be part of an overall global effort to help poorer countries. Reparations to me conveys a sense of culpability, guilt, that kind of thing. I don’t think that’s a legitimate way to look at it.”
Outside the conference there have been complaints about the chaos as people try to get in. Far more people have applied to attend the summit than Copenhagen’s Bella Centre can hold. NGOs have protested that many campaigners will be turned away.