Key differences have emerged between the US and Europe just months before the Copenhagen conference. According to the Guardian, Europe’s push to retain the structures and systems made under the Kyoto protocol has been met with resistance from the US. The Obama administration is seeking to reassert the rights of national states to set their own carbon reduction targets. At present, greenhouse gas reductions are subject to an international system that regulates emissions and carbon credits.
At the same time as this emerging trans-Atlantic rift, the World Bank is urging an ‘equitable deal’ for the world’s poorest nations to be reached at Copenhagen. The argument that it is the ‘historic duty’ of industrialised nations to shoulder the responsibility for global climate change is now firmly in the mainstream.