Copenhagen, ho! There's a famous Danish proverb that roughly translates to, "He who is afraid of asking is...
Copenhagen, ho!There's a famous Danish proverb that roughly translates to, "He who is afraid of asking is ashamed of learning." So, lest you get caught in a cycle of fear and shame in anticipation of the world's convergence on Copenhagen, we offer this primer on all things COP15-and all things Copenhagen.Point of Clarification: The COP in COP15 doesn't stand for Copenhagen. It stands for Conference of the Parties, and it's the 15th such event. You're probably most familiar with COP8, which took place in Kyoto, Japan, in 1992.When is it? December 7 to 18, 2009
Who's involved:Representatives come from the 192 countries that have ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since it was created in 1992.Annex 1 Countries: Industrialized nations (including the United States and members of the European Union) and transitioning economies.Annex 2 Countries: Less wealthy developed nations that have agreed to pay for some of the developing nations' costs associated with reducing emissions.Non-Annex 1 Countries:Developing nations that have ratified the convention.Click here to see a breakdown of the alliances the world's countries have formed in order to negotiate the treaty.
A brief history of carbon:
The atmospheric carbon count (in parts per million) has increased from 310 in 1958 to 380 today; 350 is thought to be an acceptable level.