The Copenhagen Climate Talks May Still Find Common Ground

Alex Salkever

As the world's leaders converge on Copenhagen for the global climate summit, the clouds over what had been deemed a fairly useless exercise in geopolitical stagecraft appeared to be lifting on Thursday. China, the U.K. and the U.S. all said a climate-change agreement of some sort could be reached. Frameworks for potential deals began to emerge, with developing nations voicing support for compromise proposals. Most dramatic was a proposal that rich nations provide a $100 billion-per-year climate-change fund to help poorer nations mitigate global warming and reduce carbon emissions.