Copenhagen: settling for only half of what is needed?

While world leaders were gathered in Copenhagen to finalise a climate deal, Ecofys and Climate Analytics evaluated the actual impact of the greenhouse gas reductions on the table

High hopes preceded the UN climate summit taking place in Copenhagen in December. A large group of countries, including the EU, called for global warming to be limited to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial revolution temperatures.

Meanwhile, an even larger group of more than 100 countries called for a stricter limit of below 1.5°C. This group contains the small island states and so-called least-developed countries, to whom limiting global warming is essential for survival.

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