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Finding the `middle ground'

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 23 2009   /  12:45 pm

Copenhagen is fast approaching. The road to achieving a global climate treaty, nevertheless, will be a thorny one. One of the potential deadlocks will be the negotiations on shared vision - a vision that needs to have the right level of ambition to bring about reductions in emissions that are high enough to ensure the survival of the most vulnerable nations, communities and ecosystems. A credible scientific body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), provides the lowest mitigation scenario category, which stabilizes greenhouse gas concentrations in the range of 445-490 ppm CO2 equivalent, leading to temperatures of 2 to 2.4 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels in the long term. To achieve this, emission reductions for industrialized countries have to be at the high end of the IPCC - 25 to 40 percent reduction. Prior to the Copenhagen COP (Conf...