The UN Climate Summit wrap-up: Little progress and a lot of disappointment

Copenhagen Accord Details: What's Known About the Climate Change Deal - A quick breakdown of the emissions cuts promised by the the larger nations in the non-binding climate deal that was reached.

A Grudging Accord in Climate Talks - The UN Climate Summit ended with a treaty that left many delegates "in a sour mood" because of the lack of necessitating an agreement toward cutting global emissions and that no deadline has been set for a binding agreement next year.

Copenhagen's One Real Accomplishment: Getting Some Money Flowing - This article from the New York Times' Green Inc. column reports that, though no binding treaty has come out of the summit, the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund has been established to assist countries in adapting to the effects of global warming and to help curb greenhouse gas emissions. Some critics are saying that the $100 billion a year program isn't nearly enough of what is truly needed and that it is "full of caveats and loopholes".

Copenhagen's Finale: Politics vs. Science - This report from Mother Jones reports that the Copenhagen climate summit ended with "geo-politics trumping geo-science".

They Didn't Seal the Deal; They Sealed the Coffin - This article by climate reporter Johann Hari states, "Every day, practical, intelligent solutions that would cut our emissions of warming gases have been offered by scientists, developing countries, and protesters - and they have been systematically vetoed by the governments of North America and Europe." He also states that this has "sealed the coffin" for low-lying islands, the North Pole, glaciers, and countless lives.

With the United Nations Climate Summit's end early Saturday came a non-binding pledge, where the largest nations' emissions cuts promised were significantly below what was hoped for, and a yearly fund was established to aid nations dealing with the effects of global warming.

I guess we'll just have to wait until the next climate meeting in Mexico in 2010 to see if any more progress will be made, including a binding treaty to ensure further and more substantial global carbon cutting agreements.

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