Joint efforts to fight global warming

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The world is looking at the Copenhagen climate change conference with high hopes. So world leaders meeting in the capital of Denmark, the land of fairy tales, should try their best to ensure that a "Copenhagen Protocol" doesn't become a new fairy tale, says an article in Guangzhou Daily. Excerpt:

All human beings have to cope with global warming. Such a complicated problem cannot be addressed through a meeting without binding force.

Though they share the same table, all countries have their own considerations. Before the conference, countries such as China and India announced their emission reduction targets. But despite these promises, there is a major dispute over writing into a protocol how much emission which country will reduce.

Another issue to be debated hotly at the conference is who should pay for the solutions such as developing and using more green energy, constructing bunds to prevent floods and relocating people living on islands that could be flooded because of rising sea levels.

China realized the threats of global warming long ago but the Copenhagen conference will familiarize it with the problems being faced by other countries.

We should go beyond the meeting and realize the importance of developing eco-friendly energy to move toward a green economy, especially because we have become the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter and are facing increasing pressure from outside to cut our emission.

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