[ UPDATE : Things look more interesting that when I first wrote this. Changes are bolded. ]
Looks like the Copenhagen treaty deal thingy is doomed :-
“Major nations drop goal of halving C02 : Reuters : Wednesday, 8 July 2009 : Major nations have failed to agree to set a goal halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to a draft document ahead of talks tomorrow – a setback to efforts to secure a new UN climate pact. Neogotiations involving senior officials from the 17-nation Major Economies Forum broke down overnight after China and India opposed any mention of the target, a source familiar with negotiations told Reuters…”
So, who are you going to call ? Trust any of your democratic representatives ? Do they have any time to listen to you ?
“US agrees landmark pledge to slash emissions : G8 commits to cutting carbon output by 80% – and tells China and India to follow suit : By Andrew Grice, Political Editor, in L’Aquila : Thursday, 9 July 2009 : The world’s richest nations agreed last night to cut their carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 in a dramatic attempt to secure a new global deal to combat climate change. Leaders of the G8 group of countries also agreed to set a limit of C on global temperature rises, the first time they have imposed such a ceiling. In return, they urged developing countries including China and India to cut their emissions by 50 per cent over the same period. President Barack Obama cleared the way for what Gordon Brown called an “historic agreement” at the G8 summit in Italy by signing the US up to a firm emissions target for the first time – a complete contrast to the intransigence of his predecessor, George Bush. The G8 move is designed to revitalise United Nations-led talks on a global “son of Kyoto” agreement, which reach a climax in Copenhagen in December.”