September 23rd, 2009
11:57 AM ET

Real progress on climate change

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/TECH/science/09/23/wirth.climate.change/art.timothy.wirth.jpg caption="Timothy Wirth says upcoming Copenhagen summit is prompting progress on global climate change measures."]
Timothy E. Wirth

On Tuesday, more than 100 world leaders gathered at the United Nations for a climate summit. They were called together by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to build momentum for the U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.

There were no breakthroughs on Tuesday, no specific agreements - but those who despair of progress in the international negotiations are missing the point. Copenhagen has already been a success.

Two years ago, the negotiating process was truly foundering. The secretary-general, who surprised many observers by making climate change one of his top priorities, put his prestige on the line that September by holding an unprecedented climate summit at the U.N.

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  1. Amazing

    Real progress would be Al Gore driving a Prius instead flying around on a private jet!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm |