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Preparations and Outcomes of Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change

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The 2009 Climate Change Conference of the United Nations, to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, will open on Dec. 7 and continue through Dec. 18. It is anticipated that upwards of 100 world leaders will participate, along with an approximate 15,000 attendees. Initially, the meeting was intended to create a new global warming pact that will replace the Kyoto Protocol, which would remain in effect until 2012.

The conference is also known as COP15, in abbreviated form. The COP stands for the Meeting of the Parties which will be the 15th conference on climate change to be conducted under the UNFCCC system The COP15 carbon emissions will be offset by a climate scheme in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, thereby essentially rendering the conference climate-neutral (“COP15”).

Preparations and Outcomes of Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change

Human-Generated Factors & Environmental Impact

The foundational basis for the conference is the belief that a worldwide need exists for controls to be placed on human-generated influences that contribute to the phenomenon of global warming. The term ‘anthropogenic factors’ pertains to human activities that change the environment. The scientific opinion on climate change is actually that human action has been the key source of the significant rise in global surface temperatures during the last few decades. Of particular concern are the factors that increase the CO2 levels, such as emissions from fossil fuel combustion and aerosols, among others. Reducing this environmental impact has become the basis for a number of UN-sponsored global conferences, of which COP15 is the latest.

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