Monitor Climate Pledges on New UNEP Site
Dec 14, 2009 - Stephen Meddenger, Porto Alegre - treehugger
According to the agency, the major goal of negotiations at COP15 is for nations to agree on allowing the global temperatures to rise no more than 2°C compared to 18th century levels. In order to achieve this, emissions must be reduced by 44 billion tons by 2020.
Up until now, following all the reduction pledges released by different nations and understanding where they fit into the overall goal of making some difference was quite difficult--but no longer. The Web site includes a bar-graph which clearly shows where the negotiations stand today and what the world can expect from COP15 if all the pledges made are lived-up to.
Accountability and transparency in deciding policy stem from an educated public demanding it. And, when it comes to decisions of global consequence like those being hashed out in Copenhagen, Web sites like the one created by UNEP are invaluable for allowing everyone do to their duty of staying informed.
Check out the UNEP Climate Pledges Site.
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