View Full Version : Chinese undermine hopes of Copenhagen climate deal

12-17-2009, 06:36 AM
China has indicated that it is likely to scupper a far-reaching climate deal at Copenhagen as Gordon Brown downgraded his ambitions for the outcome of the 192-nation summit on global warming.

The Prime Minister used a speech to ministers and fellow world leaders this morning to urge agreement around six broad principles, including preventing global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees on pre-industrial levels and cutting emissions from developed nations by 80 per cent by 2050. He also said that developing countries should show a "significant reduction from business as usual".

"Hurricanes, floods, typhoons and droughts that were once all regarded as the acts of an invisible God are now revealed to be the visible acts of Man," he said.

However, he acknowledged that a detailed agreement was unlikely to be drawn up this week and downgraded his timetable for a deal, suggesting that it should be reached within a year rather than the six months he previously pledged. His speech echoed downbeat comments from other delegations.