BY ANASTASIYA PONOMARYOVA
As a primary test of the informally adopted, non-binding Copenhagen Agreement, the countries responsible for the bulk of the climate-changing pollution submitted their goals to reduce the harmful emissions. This agreement was put together at the United Nation-sponsored summit against climate change. Its main goal is to limit the global warming to 3.6-degree increase from the pre-industrial era. The Unites States, twenty-seven of the EU nations, China, India, Japan, and Brazil supported the agreement by sending in their strategies to better the environment. These countries are currently responsible for 78% of the greenhouse emissions. Two of the major nations—Russia and Mexico—have not submitted their proposals by the Jan. 31st deadline.
The submission of the proposals is an important indication the wealthiest nations of the world are determined to fight for a better environment. This is the first time countries have put on paper their plans for a more sustainable development. The proposed reductions, however, still do not meet the central goal of the Copenhagen agreement. Another problem faced by the United Nations is lack of financial aid for the developing countries to adapt to environmentally friendly paths of industrialization. It will be interesting to see the nations implementing their proposed strategies.
Broder, J. “Countries submit emission reductions”. The New York Times, Feb . 1, 2010