do you think because of copenhagen we will see a difference in how people produce carbon?



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    Not really, because the general reaction to the Copenhagen Summit is that not much was accomplished and it fell short of expectations. The United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in December 2009 in Copenhagen, was an opportunity for the major carbon-producing nations to come together and work out a deal to reduce carbon emissions sufficient to keep the expected rise in global temperatures at or under 2 degrees C in coming years. The Summit did not accomplish that. While the key nations including China and the United States did reach a deal (of sorts), the accord did not contain hard targets for carbon reductions, and contains no enforcement mechanism. Although many leaders including President Barack Obama spun the accord as a step forward, the general reaction was “we still have a long way to go.” The reasons for the failure are many, including the political climate back home in member countries (especially the US, where climate change is a charged political issue), the reluctance to agree to legally binding targets, and bad timing and unfavorable press coverage. To the extent Copenhagen has any real effect I think it will have to be as a building block for some future agreement that really does commit member nations to real carbon reductions, assuming that such a dealalong those lines is possible.

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