COP15, Day 5

By Alicia Neubauer, UpTake intern.


Here’s a very brief summary of the Friday happenings at COP15 and the first week of the two week-log talks:


As the first week of COP15 came to a close today,  rifts have developed in between developed and undeveloped countries.  Some agreements have been neared, including Britain and France who back the setup of a $10 billion annual fund to battle climate change.  Both countries agreed to commit $2 billion yearly as set by the EU.  Also, over 100 nations joined Tuvalu in an agreement to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than 2 degrees.  (via Energy Efficiency News)


Friday saw the arrest of 68 anti-capitalist protesters in Copenhagen, according to Danish police.  Danish police used a new pre-emptive arrest power to deal with the possivbility of rowdy protesters during the climate talks.  The police estimated about 250 protesters were present during Friday’s protest, although some witnesses claim up to 1,000 were there.  (via The Independent)


U.S. Special Convoy Envoy for Climate Change, Todd Stern, was called “extremely irresponsible” by China’s Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei on Friday for saying that the U.S. will not be financially helping fellow top polluter China.  Minister Yafei said he was “shocked” by Sterns comments that China shouldn’t count on any financial help earlier this week. (via Star Tribune)


A drafted proposal by the UN aims to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050.  The draft is the first to come out since the Copenhagen talks began.  Financial details in the long term and a plan of how much wealthy countries will pay poorer ones have been left out to be determined later. (via The Economic Times)


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