As beneficial as a general international framework for emissions cuts might be for the planet, there seems almost no chance at this stage that such a framework will be agreed upon, and even if it were the problems in enforcing it would be enormous
As the leaders of the G8 and other invited nations gather in the US state of Maryland this weekend it's not surprising that the focus will be on the unfolding financial crisis in Europe and how to implement measures to avoid a global recession or even depression. Other issues that will get some attention are the war in Afghanistan, the continuing violence in Syria and the proper response to Iran's nuclear programme. But climate change, one of the dominant issues of the 2009 G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will likely be an afterthought at most when it comes time to write the prepared statement at the end of the summit.
That's not because the problem has gone away or that the situation is showing even the slightest improvement because of the strong measures pledged by world leaders in Pittsburgh on global warming, which included the promise to ''spare no effort to reach agreement in Copenhagen through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations''. As everyone knows, the high hopes placed on the Copenhagen summit were dashed in a fractious divide between developed and developing nations. We can only hope that the ideas the world leaders come up with in Maryland this weekend to save the eurozone are more effective than the ''effort to reach agreement in Copenhagen''.
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