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Was the Copenhagen climate summit just hot air?. The 2009 World Climate Summit in Copenhagen is well and truly over, including the shouting. None of the leaders in three of the major Norwegian newspapers this weekend was particularly optimistic. Dagbladet writes it believes the negotiations have shown a shift in the balance of power, especially regarding the eleventh-hour thriller in the form of what started as a standoff between China and the U.S. “The most interesting picture that paints itself after the climate summit is that a new world order has begun to emerge. Rich Western countries now meet a substantial resistance from developing countries, with a much higher degree of self-confidence than before. China has emerged as a superpower. The EU and the USA have had problems pushing their own wishes forward.

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Was the Copenhagen climate summit just hot air?

Published on Monday, 21st December, 2009 at 14:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The 2009 World Climate Summit in Copenhagen is well and truly over, including the shouting. None of the leaders in three of the major Norwegian newspapers this weekend was particularly optimistic.

COP15 conference, Copenhagen
COP15 conference, Copenhagen
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark


Divisions

Dagbladet writes it believes the negotiations have shown a shift in the balance of power, especially regarding the eleventh-hour thriller in the form of what started as a standoff between China and the U.S.

“The most interesting picture that paints itself after the climate summit is that a new world order has begun to emerge. Rich Western countries now meet a substantial resistance from developing countries, with a much higher degree of self-confidence than before. China has emerged as a superpower. The EU and the USA have had problems pushing their own wishes forward.

Stavanger Aftenblad also focused on the deep divide between rich and poor countries, believing that the summit hasn’t given any reasons showing it will narrow.

“Seen through the eyes of poor countries, both the west and other rich parts of the world have prospered at their expense for several hundred years. There are wounds from colonial times and exploitation, and the gigantic transference of prosperity to the richest feels deeply unfair. That’s what those who have the power in the poor countries feel, and that’s what those countries’ inhabitants believe,” writes Aftenbladet.

Lukewarm

The unilateral agreement that was reached seemed to be a bit of a lead balloon, according both to Dagbladet,

“There’s no reason for celebration after the World Climate Summit in Copenhagen. A watery declaration, which each UN country can endorse as they see fit, cannot be called anything else than a controlled collapse.”

and Aftenbladet.

“But the will to act is still far too weak, despite agreement.”

Aftenposten was slightly more understated in its criticism of the summit in general, however.

“The best one can say is that we only just avoided a complete breakdown and a dramatic confrontation between the US and China.

A way forward?

And whilst the paper’s optimism isn’t high regarding the 2010 continuing negotiations in Bonn and Mexico,

“We have to say it’s difficult to understand how the loose political deal from Copenhagen could be modified to a more exacting and binding agreement in the course of next year.”

Dagbladet shut the door.

“The question is whether anything has been learnt in Copenhagen, or whether world countries have quite simply shown their true face.”



Published on Monday, 21st December, 2009 at 14:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: copenhagen, world, climate, summit, denmark, cop15.





  
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