In preparation for the Copenhagen climate conference in December, the U.K. government today announced a series of carbon emissions goals for nations to hit by 2050.
“An ambitious agreement in Copenhagen is certainly achievable. And yet it remains far from certain. We cannot allow this to drift - when every year of delay retards investment, locks us into a higher emissions pathway, worsens the impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable, and increases the costs of eventual reduction. Copenhagen is twenty-three weeks away. When historians look back on this critical moment, let them say, not that we were the generation that failed our children; but that we had the courage, and the will, to succeed.”
For their part, the U.K. has pledged to assist developing nations with financial aid in climate change mitigation. They also seek to encourage other nations "to work together on a global figure of around $100 billion per year by 2020."