Breakthrough in Copenhagen

Obama says ‘meaningful’ deal reached on climate
COPENHAGEN (AP) — President Barack Obama said the United States and four other countries, including China, reached a “meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough” Friday on a deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions after a frenzied day of diplomacy at the U.N. climate talks.

The agreement between the U.S., China, India, South Africa and Brazil requires each country to list the actions they will take to cut global warming pollution by specific amounts, a senior Obama administration official said. The official described the deal on the condition of anonymity because specific details had not been announced.

Yes, It Is the End of the Beginning

“at about 9:15, deep into the Danish winter night, sunshine began seeping out. Yes, the official political statement coming out of COP15 is relatively weak and incomplete — more of a commitment to keep talking than a real agreement. But by sidestepping the cumbersome COP process, four nations — the U.S., China, India, and Brazil — came up with a four-part deal”

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