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The Copenhagen climate conference

December 7, 2009

United Nations Climate Change Conference

Dec 7 – Dec 18, 1009

From today until December 18, the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Leaders and environment ministers and officials will meet to put together a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
The Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1990 to  slow down global warming and climate change. It  ends in 2012. Copenhagen is the last chance for the parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to meet before deciding on a new agreement.
 The aim is for that new agreement to  come into force before the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. Representatives from 170 countries are now gathered in Copenhagen.

What solutions you can suggest? Write your comments in this post and if you can get a workable manifesto together, we will publish it on our Green Living page.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Rebecca Tsui permalink
    December 21, 2009 5:54 pm

    For people who agree that US and China should take the lead in combating climate change, what are your suggestions for the two countries on what they should do?

    In developing countries like China, there is a huge debate on economy vs climate change. Some people said that if laws are introduced to regulate the greenhouse gas emission of the factories, it will add on a huge financial burden. The factories might close down and economy collapse. What is your opinion?

    Reducing carbon emission requires new technology and needs capital. Where does the money come from?

    For the developed countries, apart from funding, what else they can do?

    Also, what is the role of Hong Kong? Hong Kong, as a developed city, what should the government do and what can Hong Kong help?

    We’d like to hear more debate and suggestions. Young people, we need your voices. Speak up now!

  2. December 16, 2009 2:38 pm

    By Pauline Chow, Carmel Secondary School

    Save our planet

    There are more than 100 world leaders attended the conference of UN climate marathon negotiation, which aimed to cut greenhouse gases by 2020. However, after an optimistic start, an argument comes out over reparations between developed countries and developing blocs.

    For the developing countries like China, the worst impact is economic loss as many Chinese depends income on industrial production, which has a very high carbon intensity because of the heavy use of coal. These binding targets would lower the production rate also causing a much higher unemployment rate, these take a heavy toll on countries’ key industries. What is more, it could lead to social unrest because of job losses.

    Although there seems many problems will appears if government bans carbon emission, there will be much serious and enormous problems if we turn a blind eye to global warming. Extreme weather such as hurricane and drought would be more rapid, crops would be destroyed many people would suffer. There is no doubt of causing huge economic loss. What is worse that global warming affects wild animals’ habitat leading extinction of many species.

    Some scientist urge China adapt to climate change instead of slowing down global warming for example, barring new cultivation methods. Despite it is a good way to solve problem in short term, I don’t think it is wise. Firstly, genetically modified food still remains controversial, I believe that natural is the best. Secondly, global warming is the fact that we can’t ignore it. If the temperature keeps increasing rapidly, no adaptation measures will save us and it will be too late for cutting carbon emission. Lastly, it only solve the agricultural problem, there are still lots of problems that human cannot solve.

    I think cut down carbon emission can tackle the problem. We should not be too selfish and self-concerned when it comes to solving global warming. Developed countries shall shoulder more of the cost and give a helping hand to those developing countries and developing blocs should not focus on the reparation.

    There are lots of measures help saving our earth. Government could promote hand-made products other than factories-made. More environmental-friendly technology can be invested. Not only government and who have a say, but also everyone of us have our responsibility to save our planet. I suggest a TV program called Big Ideas Save Small Planet. It introduces many creative ideas to remedy global warming.

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