Climate Change Draft Accord Reached

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 18 (UPI) — Climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, have produced a draft accord calling for a 2-degree cap on global warming and aid to poor countries, diplomats say.

Participants at the U.N.-sponsored summit Friday said the deal lacks the legally binding pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but does include language for countries to work to limit a rise in global average temperatures, EUobserver reported. The draft also called for providing $100 billion in aid to developing countries to help them address climate change issues.

The European Union convened a special meeting of 26 world leaders Thursday and worked until early Friday, the last day of a two-week long event.

“We tried to find an umbrella political accord,” said Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who holds the European Union rotating presidency.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who arrived in Copenhagen Friday and did not participate in the EU discussions, referred to the accord during his remarks.

While not perfect, he said, the draft language offered a foundation and offered three necessary principles: mitigation of climate-changing greenhouse gas emission, transparency in efforts to reduce emissions and financing of developing countries to address climate change.

“It is a clear formula — one that embraces the principle of common but differentiated responses and respective capabilities,” Obama said.

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