5 Issues Set To Spark Hot Debate In Copenhagen

Law360 (December 7, 2009, 12:47 PM EST) -- At the Copenhagen climate conference, which started Monday and wraps up Dec. 18, there is sure to be a lot of talk about mandatory emissions reduction targets, particularly for large greenhouse gas emitters like the United States. But there will also be debate surrounding other contentious, and lesser known, subjects — ranging from carbon offsets to financing.

Here is a look at some of the main issues:

The Legal Status of an Agreement

Even if the Copenhagen and post-Copenhagen negotiations produce a new international agreement, it remains unclear exactly what form the new agreement will take.

Developing countries generally like the...

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