This Copenhagen assessment at CNN.com is by Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation. She sees the 3-page ‘Copenhagen Accord’ as a futuristic document personally crafted by the leaders of the new century’s big powers: China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and the US. Led by President Obama, the leaders of 3 billion people propelled climate to global relevance. Carbon will be part of regional trade pacts, with emissions monitored remotely. The US must define a fairer low carbon 21st century.
The dust has settled at COP27, the 27th United Nations Climate Conference at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt where a record 45,000 people registered to attend. The longest running summit of all the conferences, agreements made in the final moments has left us all with hope but also doubts.