No Deal For Copenhagen 2009?

The upcoming U.N. summit in Copenhagen may result in a framework or partial agreement instead of a complete deal addressing climate change, the Clingendael International Energy Program predicts. The Dutch independent forum cited several hindrances to reaching a full agreement this December, including the tough economic climate and the poor follow-through of several countries on commitments made under the Kyoto Protocol.

The study focused on China's potential role and influence in Copenhagen. As discussion points for Copenhagen, researchers highlighted China's continued dependency on coal for fuel, the strengthening of international cooperation to transform China's energy security strategy, a need to urge the country to comply with global energy policies, and the channeling of funds and technology toward mitigation efforts in China.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.