Here are some of the biggest and most interesting news today related to the ongoing COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen:
A draft text for a potential final agreement in Copenhagen was leaked today to the Guardian. The â€œDanish textâ€ has made the developing countries â€œfuriousâ€ as the draft agreement would give even more powers to the rich nations, weakening UNâ€™s future role as well as abandon the Kyoto protocol. Some say this shows the true agenda in Copenhagen, others believe the draft is unofficial and may have changed a lot since its first creation.
The Environmental Protection Agency in the USA has declared that carbon dioxide is a public danger. This would make it possible for Barack Obama to impose his proposed emissions cuts without an agreement in the sceptic U.S. Senate. A report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity claims that Obama now has the clear legal authority to make a binding commitment for greenhouse gas reductions in Copenhagen without waiting for Congress.
The UK Met Office and World Meteorological Organization have announced, in yet another report, that the first decade of this century is "by far" the warmest on record: â€œThe decade of the 2000s (2000â€“2009) was warmer than the decade spanning the 1990s (1990â€“1999), which in turn was warmer than the 1980s (1980â€“1989).â€ The National Climatic Data Center (NOAA) in USA also released a similar report today: â€œThe 2000 â€“ 2009 decade will be the warmest on record, with its average global surface temperature about 0.96 degree F above the 20th century average. This will easily surpass the 1990s value of 0.65 degree F.â€
Gordon Brown says the EU must cut its emissions with 30% by 2020 â€“ but only if an ambitious global deal is reached in Copenhagen: "We've got to make countries recognise that they have to be as ambitious as they say they want to be. It's not enough to say 'I may do this, I might do this, possibly I'll do this'. I want to create a situation in which the European Union is persuaded to go to 30%."
Speaking at Klimaforum09 (Climate Forum 09), the alternative climate conference, in Copenhagen Naomi Klein said this is the last chance we have to save the world, but at the same time she expressed her doubt whether an ambitious deal would be made at the Bella Centre: â€œThe Bella Center is the biggest case of disaster capitalism. The deal we really need is not even on the table.â€ Klein also criticized the Hopenhagen climate campaign: â€œThe globe has Siemens logo on the bottom and the whole event is sponsored by Coke. That is a capitalization of hope but Klimaforum09 is where the real hope lies,â€ she said. â€œKlimaforum is not about giving charity to the developing world its about taking responsibility and the industrialized countries cleaning up our own mess,â€ she concluded.
The White House says the leaked â€œclimategateâ€ email story is "silly" and that the science is clear: "I think scientists are clear on the science. I think many on Capitol Hill are clear on the science. I think that this notion that there is some debate ... on the science is kind of silly." But just look at these scandalous emails!