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Climate Change: Developing Countries Control the Thermostat

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Publication Date: February 2010

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): H. Sterling Burnett

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Series: No. 694

Topic: Environment (Environmental policy)

Keywords: climate change

Type: Brief


In December 2009, representatives of nearly 200 governments met in Copenhagen, Denmark, to hammer out the details of a new climate change treaty. Treaty drafts indicated that industrialized countries would be required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions - primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) - up to 80 percent by 2050. Developing countries would not be required to reduce emissions much, if at all. However, no agreement was reached and no firm emissions reduction commitments were made.