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News Significance of the leaked Danish text ?

  1. Dec 13, 2009 #1
    Significance of the leaked "Danish text"?

    The leaked draft agreement for the Copenhagen climate change conference, suggests that poor countries will be limited to emitting no more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while rich countries will be allowed to emit 2.67 tonnes.

    Can anyone put that into context by stating what the current CO2 emissions per person are for poor and rich countries respectively and how that compares to the original target of reducing global emissions by 40%?

    Would I be right in thinking that limiting poor countries to emitting no more than 1.44 tonnes per person, means that poor countries will actually be allowed to emit more CO2 by 2050 than they currently produce?

    Are the per person figures based on current populations, or will a country with a rapidly expanding population be allowed to dump a correspondingly greater quantity of CO2 into the atmosphere, based on their expanded population size in 2050?
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