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Copenhagen Update

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Tensions are mounting in Copenhagen over the so-called “Danish text,” a draft agreement that would allow developed countries such as the United States and China to emit nearly twice as much carbon per capita as “third world” or developing countries. Meanwhile, scrappy island nation Tuvalu stood up for a stricter resolution, only to be scolded by the economies-that-be. Eric Michael Johnson on The Primate Diaries writes that the Danish text would “effectively stifle the growth of poor nations while allowing wealthy nations to continue their disproportionate levels of carbon pollution.” In a separate post, Johnson criticizes those who “dismiss out of hand any concerns that the developing nations might have. The next fifty years could very well be extraordinarily harsh ones for the Global South.” On Casaubon’s Book, Sharon Astyk wonders why regulation of this agreement would fall to the World Bank, “an institution that [poor nations] have profound and deeply relevant reasons to distrust?” If you need to cool off, head over to A Few Things Ill Considered, where Coby points us to “a fabulous boil down approach to the climate debate.”

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