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The Danish draft climate proposal which was leaked to media organizations on Tuesday has handed the organizers of the U.N. summit another unwanted distraction from ongoing negotiations.
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The document has provoked an angry reaction from developing countries and activists in Copenhagen who say that it appears to shift a greater burden onto poorer nations to reduce their greenhouse emissions.
The Danish government was further criticized for trying to pre-empt negotiations with the draft document.
Far from bringing developed and developing countries closer together, the publication of the document is serving to widen the rifts between the two.
We’re only three days into the summit and already the prospects for a legally-binding deal are becoming increasingly remote.
Despite Danish attempts to play down the document’s importance saying it is just a draft and should be read that way, the damage it has done to confidence not only inside the conference center but outside as well is difficult to quantify.
But coming off the back of the so-called “Climategate” emails, is the legitimacy of the conference now being called into question? Are the leaks part of a concerted effort by climate skeptics to derail the talks? What chances are there for a deal come the end of the conference in nine days time? We want to hear your views.