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New York- The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference COP15 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark between December 7 to 18, 2009.

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Climate Change, it's Impact and COP15 PDF Print E-mail

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Written by Pradeep Thapa Magar
Saturday, 12 September 2009 20:43

New York-The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference “COP15” will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from  December 7th to 18th, 2009.


The UNFCCC ‘Conference of Parties’ or ‘COP’ title was coined by UNFCCC when it convened the first COP1 conference on climate change in Berlin, Germany in 1995.


At COP15, the world leaders from 192 UN member countries and climate experts will meet and discuss climate change impacts and global climate agreement beyond 2012 when the 1997 Kyoto Protocol expires.
The Kyoto Protocol was adopted by COP3 conference in December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan. It requires industrialized nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 6 to 8% below 1990 levels between the period 2008-2012.
For example, the United States would be required to reduce its total emissions an average of 7% below 1990 levels. As an irony, being one of the biggest producers of  greenhouse gas emissions,  the U.S. government never endorsed the Kyoto protocol or followed the protocol’s guidelines.
Instead, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report published on April 15 this year, the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide and methane rose 17.2 percent from 1990 to 2007.
The United Nations scientific panel on climate change already pointed out that human activity is the driving force of the climate change catastrophe over the last 50 years.
The panel’s 2007 report predicted that global climate is likely to rise between 3.5 and 8 degrees Fahrenheit if the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere reaches twice the level of 1750. Another alarming fact is that sea levels are likely to rise between 7 to 23 inches by 2100. Imagine what that means for island countries such as Maldives or Bahamas.
On the bright side, the COP15 organizer country, Denmark, is taking every measure to ensure their consumption of energy is not affecting climate change. The proportion of renewable energy in Denmark is to be increased to 20 percent by 2011 and is expected to achieve 30 percent by 2020.
- Pradeep Thapa Magar in New York.

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