NGOs write benchmark Copenhagen climate treaty

Climate change experts from leading non-governmental environmental organisations have jointly produced their own blueprint for a legally binding Copenhagen agreement. According to the authors, the 160-page “Copenhagen Climate Treaty” contains a full legal text covering all the main elements needed to provide the world with a fair and ambitious agreement that keeps climate change impacts below the unacceptable risk levels identified by most scientists. The document describes the path the world must take to avoid catastrophic climate change, recognising that global temperature increase must be kept well below 2 degrees Celsius. It sets a global cap on emissions – a carbon budget – and explains in detail how both industrialised and developing countries can contribute to the safety of the planet and its people, according to their means and responsibilities, as well as showing how the poorest and most vulnerable on the planet can be protected and compensated.

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