The leaders of the world's 180 countries are attending a United Nations conference in Copenhagen to hash out a deal on climate change. World leaders are meeting to address global warming and emissions reductions. The new updated agreement is set to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. All eyes are on US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao --both China and the US are major players, needed for a deal.
A draft calls for the world to “halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from 1990 levels,” Reuters reported, and stipulates wealthy nations “account for 80 percent of the global emission cuts.” Noticeably absent from the draft was poorer countries’ request for short-term emissions goals for wealthy nations. China and India have said they oppose agreeing to the halved emissions goal unless wealthy world powers “take the lead by setting far tougher reductions by 2020.”
Are Asian nations doing enough to combat climate change? Should developing or poorer nations have to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the same rate as wealthier, industrialized Western countries? Join the discussion below.