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Strong bullying the vulnerable is not the way to a positive outcome in Copenhagen

As the snow falls here in Copenhagen, so do the hopes of millions around the world.

We appear to be reaching a low point in the COP. As world leaders arrive and ministerial meetings start, the texts they are working on are a complete mess, filled with [brackets] and completely unresolved on key issues of targets and financing, let alone how to bring together the two streams in the process.

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Rudd must repudiate wrong-headed approach of reducing Kyoto targets

Prime Minister Rudd has arrived in Copenhagen just as developed country negotiators are suggesting that they may reduce the targets they have on offer for the Kyoto Protocol stream of negotiations in order to pressure China and India to accept targets in the non-Kyoto stream.

"It is difficult to imagine a more wrong-headed approach to the climate crisis than suggesting that rich countries reducing their Kyoto commitments might encourage countries like China to sign up," Senator Milne said.

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2+2=5? Copenhagen targets add up to 750 ppm

Here is the critical point to remember if a compromise agreement is somehow salvaged by the end of this week: the emission reduction commitments currently on the table add up to global atmospheric carbon concentrations of approximately 750 ppm. That means 4C average global temperature rise by the end of the century, agricultural wipeout, mass extinctions and almost certain runaway heating of the planet.

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Global Greens call for honest, scientifically sound climate agreement

As the Copenhagen COP enters its second week, the Global Greens today called for an honest climate agreement, based on science not tricky accounting.

The Global Greens are concerned that rich nations are building loopholes into the agreement to give the appearance of strong targets without the reality.

Land-use and forestry in particular are being used as let-out clauses to avoid actual emission reductions, according to the Global Greens Coordination, which includes representatives from Asia Pacific, African, American and European Green parties.

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