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COPENHAGEN: Is The Deforestation Deal Cooked?

COPENHAGEN: Is The Deforestation Deal Cooked?

After it was leaked that developed nations would be required to take on less of a burden than anticipated and that more would be demanded of poorer countries instead, some are saying that the deforestation deal and emission reduction targets are little more than fantasies.

Intact forests in most of the world’s developing nations store much of the planet’s carbon emissions; however to countries that are desperately seeking industry and development to stabilize their economies, they are simply in the way.

Because trees absorb carbon, deforestation causes a large amount of the greenhouse gas to be released to the atmosphere and also prevents trees from continuing to absorb it (

In the months leading up to Copenhagen, UN leaders proposed a program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) that would, ideally, offer developing countries multi-billion dollar payouts in exchange for preservation of their forests.

However, a draft solidifying target dates for halting and reversing forest cover loss in developing countries has been chucked for vague aspirational language and rich countries like the U.S. have yet to commit to any dollar amounts that they would be willing to spend on financing the economies of nations that agreed to the deforestation deal. According to UN estimates, $22.4 billion to $37.3 billion between 2010-2015 would be needed in immediate funding.

“It’s hardly surprising that developing countries won’t commit to global targets for deforestation when rich countries haven’t yet provided the necessary financing for REDD or global targets for deep reductions of industrial emissions,” said Nathaniel Dyer of Rainforest Foundation UK.

It was also leaked that “funds from climate financing, originally allocated to go to the UN and then be doled out piecemeal to third world nations, would instead be paid directly into the coffers of the World Bank and IMF, organizations that have made a habit out of looting poorer countries with crippling debts that cannot be paid back, forcing such countries to hand over their entire infrastructure to globalist loan sharks” (

Despite these major setbacks, many of the leaders gathered in Copenhagen are holding out hope, both for the trees and for the possibility that a realistic  agreement between developed and developing countries can be reached.

However, many Copenhagen supporters are slowly realizing that if rich nations continue to search for ways in which they can shirk their responsibility and the need to drastically reduce their own emission, developing nations are unlikely to play ball.

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11:54PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Thank you for article.

11:52PM PDT on May 8, 2013

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11:49PM PDT on May 8, 2013

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11:48PM PDT on May 8, 2013

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11:46PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Thank you for article.

5:04AM PST on Dec 21, 2009

Lea C., greenhouse gases ARE bad if they warm up the earth too much. Anybody can check out what science says about the 'greenhouse' effect on the planet (just Google 'greenhouse gas' effect or something similar).
And yes plants and trees use CO2. So? Too much CO2 is not good for humans.
I'd be almost certain that the trees in your state are not dying because they're not getting enough CO2 from the atmosphere! That's a joke. Heat, stress, disease, insect pests, yes. Not enough CO2? Just mention that to your arborist and see what he says.
Before you ridicule others, look at yourself.

8:37AM PST on Dec 20, 2009

thank you for this article

8:29AM PST on Dec 17, 2009

i think the developing countries are right to demand mandatory financial commitments for conserving their forests from us, the rich countries! wouldn't we, if it was the other way around?!

8:03AM PST on Dec 17, 2009

this is serious! developing countries are right in asking mandatory financial commitments from us, the rich countries. wouldn't we, if it was the other way around??
domenica from switzerland

6:02PM PST on Dec 16, 2009

I don't think there is no final answer to global warming, yet. I'll wait until it happens, as I am powerless to stop it. This fight has been much about the politics and the division between the Global Warming theory vs. The Climate Cycle theories. Meanwhile, as we are living on this large land mass called North America, others who live on small coral islands, the tropical belt and the Arctic are experiencing and feeling the effects off a changing Earth. That's enough to make me believe we might have something to do with it?? There is a population explosion and the use of fossil fuel use is at an all time high, it's a perfect reason for concern. But, like most humans, we do the exact opposite and disprove theories that are labeled conspiracies. It would be a pretty elaborate conspiracy at that! Why, if anything would they make up such things and hide any truth? I would say if anything, this works in favor of the continuing wars, more oil, coal, more tearing down forests for palm oil, soy, lumber or whatever. I question any motives, but I see none with the Global Warmists! They are the underdogs in this debate, as if the undeveloped nations have any power! It seems as though Copenhagen is another controlled meeting place for corporate planners and further control. I simply do not like the practices of pollution when deriving natural resources, nor in any other industry or professions. These things do impact sustainabiltiy and make life hazardous for humans. Its not just CO2!

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