Saturday, December 19, 2009
Copenhagen closes with weak deal that poor threaten to reject
Non-binding accord limits temperature rises but includes no emissions targets
John Vidal and Jonathan Watts in Copenhagen | guardian.co.uk, Saturday 19 December 2009 14.23 GMT
The UN climate summit in Copenhagen has formally closed with a deal many countries admit falls far short of the action needed to tackle global warming.
The non-binding accord, which the US reached with key nations including China and Brazil, includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C but imposes no specific targets for greenhouse gas cuts.
UK climate secretary Ed Miliband was branded both the hero and villain of the summit after he successfully intervened to salvage the accord at 6am. The talks were on the verge of collapse with the Danish prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, bringing his gavel down to abandon the meeting.
But at 7.45am the UN formally recognised the political statement steered through by the US President, Barack Obama, and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao late last night, outside the official negotiating process.