United States wins first fossil
FIRST PLACE: UNITED STATES of AMERICA
The United States has won its first Fossil of the Day at the Copenhagen negotiations for two reasons. One, for making no commitment on long-term financing for developing countries to cope with the impacts of climate change, and also, because the US has among the weakest mid-term emissions of any major developed country, 4% below 1990 levels by 2020 (though still higher than Canada)
SECOND PLACE: EUROPEAN UNION
The EU wins the second-place fossil for failing to address a gaping loophole that undermines its targets: hot air and forest management. "Allowing full carry-over past 2012 of Europe's hot air-that is, targets based on 1990 levels that in fact allow huge increases in emissions - could allow 11 gigatonnes of carbon emissions," says the press release.
THIRD PLACE: CANADA and SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia and Canada receive the third place fossil of the day for their respective last and second-last finish in the Climate Change Performance Index released today by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe. The Index evaluates 57 industrial and developing countries who release 90% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions..