"After intense overnight wrangling, delegates from 192 countries on Saturday passed a motion simply "noting" a loose deal aimed at limiting temperature rises to less than 2C, which was agreed by the US and four other large-scale polluting nations. However, critics warned the 'Copenhagen Accord', the result of two weeks of negotiations in the Danish capital, was full of holes and lacked a timetable – and environment agencies branded it toothless and a failure. One African delegation likened the deal to the Holocaust." Patrick Hennessy, Louise Gray, and Philip Sherwell report for the London Telegraph Dec. 19, 2009.
Most treaties have a text and photo op. There was no photo op ... in fact it was hard to find much objective evidence that anyone really supported the "deal," including the five nations reported to have reached it. We will bring you the text as soon as we have it. But we don't have one. The Washington Post published a late-in-the-day negotiating text, which may or may not bear some resemblance to what the nations agreed on. If they did in fact agree. When we find an authoritative statement from a single nation saying that it has clearly and unequivocally agreed to the deal (which we are unable to bring you the text of) we will bring you that statement.
"COPENHAGEN -- President Barack Obama reached agreement with major developing powers on a climate deal on Friday, a U.S. official said, but he said the accord was only a first step and was insufficient to fight climate change." Pete Harrison and Jeff Mason report for Reuters Dec. 18, 2009, with reporting by Alister Doyle, Gerard Wynn, Anna Ringstrom, John Acher, Anna Ringstrom, Richard Cowan, David Fogarty, Pete Harrison, and Emma Graham-Harrison; Writing by Dominic Evans.
"COPENHAGEN -- President Barack Obama announced Friday a 'meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough' on a global effort to curb climate change. But Obama said, 'It is going to be very hard, and it's going to take some time' to get to a legally binding treaty.
A deal reached by the United States, China, India, South Africa and Brazil includes a method for verifying reductions of heat-trapping gases, a senior administration official said. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity before Obama spoke, characterized the deal as a first step, not yet enough to combat the threat of a warming planet.
Under the agreement, the official said each country also will list the actions it will take to cut global warming pollution by specific amounts. The deal reiterates a goal that eight leading industrialized nations set earlier this year on long-term emission cuts and provides a mechanism to help poor countries prepare for climate change." Jennifer Loven reports for the Associated Press Dec. 18, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN — Leaders here concluded a climate change deal the Obama administration called 'meaningful' but which falls short of even the modest expectations for the summit here. The agreement addresses many of the issues that leaders came here to settle but the answers are bound to leave many of the participants unhappy.
Even an Obama administration official conceded, 'It is not sufficient to combat the threat of climate change but it’s an important first step.' 'No country is entirely satisfied with each element,' the administration statement said, 'but this is a meaningful and historic step forward and a foundation from which to make further progress.'
The accord drops the expected goal of concluding a binding international treaty by the end of 2010, which leaves the implementation of its provisions uncertain. It is likely to undergo many months, perhaps years of additional negotiation before it emerges in any internationally enforceable form." Helene Cooper and John M. Broder report for the New York Times Dec. 18, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Confusion reigns at the global climate talks. President Obama remains huddled with other world leaders in the second floor of the Bella Center where talks are being held. On the main floor, it is a scene of high drama and low expectations, with palpable confusion and frustration among negotiators.
In the hours since Obama told the Copenhagen summit, "I came here not to talk but to act," he has had talks with about a dozen foreign leaders, including a bilateral discussion with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that aides said "made progress." Lunchtime conversations involved Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Israeli President Shimon Peres and the leaders of Turkey, Greece, Ghana and the Czech Republic. Versions of draft negotiating texts are flying around the Bella Center. With only minimal information trickling out of the leaders' meetings, rumors are ruling the conference." Lisa Friedman and Darren Samuelsohn report for Greenwire Dec. 18, 2009.