Environment

Documents leaked at the UN climate summit reveal divisions between industrialised and developing countries over the shape of a possible new deal. Campaigners say a draft text proposed by the Danish host government would disadvantage poorer nations. It also sees everything coming under a single new deal, whereas an alternative text from developing countries wants an extension to the Kyoto Protocol. Other blocs are expected to release their own texts in the next few days.

The G-77 group of countries and China today blasted a Danish draft proposal for an agreement on climate change, saying it "threatens the success" of the ongoing Copenhagen summit.

The draft text, which was leaked, is a "serious and unfortunate development. It is a major violation that threatens the success of the Copenhagen negotiating process," said Sudan's Lumumba Stanislas Dia Ping, who heads the G-77 group.

Under attack for its climate policy for Copenhagen summit, the govt has said India will not accept any legal binding on emission cut and rejected any proposal that would put a cap on the carbon emission. Days before leaving for the Copenhagen summit which began in the Danish capital, Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "Under no circumstances, we will accept any draft which suggests that India's emissions should peak by 2025, 2030 ... This is simply not on our agenda".

The biggest climate talks in history opened on Monday, 7 December with a stark U.N. warning about risks of rising seas and desertification and a prediction by hosts Denmark that a deal to combat climate change was "within reach".
In Copenhagen, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen told delegates from 190 nations that momentum was building for a deal and that 110 world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama would attend a summit at the end of the 7th- 18th Dec talks.

As delegates from across the world begin negotiations at the Copenhagen summit, a survey by the Nielsen Company and Oxford University Institute of Climate Change reveals that while Indians were "very concerned" about climate change, globally, concern on the topic has declined.

Delegates from 192 countries are gathering in the Danish capital Copenhagen for the opening of the long-awaited UN summit on climate change. 15,000 delegates and 100 world leaders including Dr. Manmohan Singh, The Prime Minister of India and US President Barak Obama are expected to attend the conference that is being depicted by some people as the most significant event for the survival world.

Just two days before Copenhagen climate summit, two key Indian negotiators pulled out of the delegation expressing reservations to certain announcements made by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in the Lok Sabha regarding India's position on the issue.

Faced with strong protest from negotiators over what they called change in India's stance on climate talks, the government scrambled to control the damage. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh held a series of meetings with two negotiators who had threatened to pull out of Copenhagen talks as they feared that the baseline of India's stand was being changed in the name of flexibility.