Published on January 23rd, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan4
Which Nations are Committed?
January 23rd, 2010 by Zachary Shahan
The deadline for agreeing to the Copenhagen Accord may have been dropped, but the pressure to agree to the Accord and to announce commitments to create cleaner energy sources and reduce pollution is still on.
The US Climate Action Network (USCAN) is making it easier for all of us to follow all of the countries’ commitments through a useful chart of their pledges, how their 2020 targets compare to their 1990 pollution levels, their per capita CO2 emissions, and other information.
The chart also lists those countries which reject the Copenhagen Accord.
Currently, Brazil, South Korea and South Africa have made formal commitments. Respectively, they have committed to 36-39%, 20% and 34% reductions from “business as usual” scenarios. Ghana has also committed to the Accord but hasn’t announced its specific reduction pledge.
Compared to 1990 levels, these commitments mean Brazil will have a 1.9-6.4% increase in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, South Korea will have a 48% increase, and South Africa an 87% increase.
A United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) spokesman has also listed Australia, France, Canada, Papa New Guinea, and Maldives as countries that will sign onto the Accord.
The information on the chart comes from different media sources — The New York Times, Bloomberg, AFP, etc.
Cuba is the only country that has announced it will not sign onto the Accord. We can expect to see many more commitments in the coming week or so.
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