The Road to Copenhagen Begins

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Science  19 Dec 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5909, pp. 1777
DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5909.1777b

International climate negotiators made few important decisions at talks that concluded last week in Pozńan, Poland. But activists remain optimistic about reaching an agreement on a post-Kyoto plan next December in Copenhagen (see p. 1773). Attendees created an international fund to help poor nations adapt to changing climates, and a number of developing countries announced new commitments to reduce their emissions. Brazil promised a 70% decrease in deforestation, for example, and Mexico pledged to halve its emissions by 2050. Negotiators also left open the possibility of creating a system to award credits to efforts to curb deforestation.

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