On late Friday, US President Barack Obama reached an agreement described as “meaningful” during a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South African President Jacob Zuma at the last day of the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
“No country is entirely satisfied with each element but this is a meaningful and historic step forward and a foundation from which to make further progress,” an American official said. “It’s not sufficient to combat the threat of climate change but it’s an important first step.”
However, the official said that it will be a “historic step forward”.
Talks had nearly broken down between China and the United States. Prime Minister of Great Britain, Gordon Brown, has admitted that a plan B was being drawing for an accord that would have excluded China if the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter refused to sign an agreement.
(12/17/2009) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought some much need good news to Copenhagen with her. In an announcement this morning, Clinton announced that the United States was ready to join other industrialized nations in mobilizing 100 billion dollars a year in climate aid for developing and vulnerable nations by 2020 at the Climate Change conference.
(12/16/2009) While it’s difficult to know what’s truly going on inside the Bella Center at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, a pattern seems to be emerging of the United States being unwilling to compromise on, well, anything.
(12/14/2009) African nations that staged a walkout during negotiations at the Climate Change Conference at Copenhagen have returned to the table, according to the BBC. African nations accused industrial nations of attempting to throw out the Kyoto Protocol.