From the Arctic north to the hot Mediterranean south, climate change will have varied impacts. Internationally, the European Union's '20-20-20' targets are at the forefront of global ambition
Europe was the first region to create an industrial society based on fossil fuels and so an early contributor to climate change. But it has also taken an early lead in taking action to combat the problem: for example, the '20-20-20' targets requiring a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, a 20% improvement in energy efficiency and 20% of power to be generated from renewable sources by 2020.
In Belgium the scale and threat of climate change has led to both the Federal and Regional Governments striving to organise a joint response
Bulgarian membership of EU has led to an increased public understanding that taking action against climate change requires immediate investment
During their Presidency of the EU, the Czechs worked hard to find a consensus at EU level but, with a new government, it remains to be seen how high up the agenda climate change will be.
Denmark is the world leader on energy efficiency and has proved to the world that you can cut emissions whilst increasing GDP
An energy law in 2005 set out a 2050 target of a 75% reduction in carbon emissions in France by 2050
Although Germany is above the European average with per-capita CO2 emissions in excess of 10 tonnes, it is one of the few EU-15 countries in compliance with its Kyoto commitments
NGOs and media groups are prominent in pushing the climate agenda and the Greek PM has made public statements over his government's belief that a new agreement will be struck in Copenhagen
Political developments around climate change have enjoyed an exceptional degree of consensus in the otherwise highly confrontational Hungarian political scene
As a major European food producer and manufacturer, the effects of the decisions made in Copenhagen will have a big impact on Italy
Malta is highly vulnerable to a changing climate as rising sea levels are threatening to submerge parts of the islands
With over 60% of The Netherlands lying beneath sea-level, the effects of climate change have always been at the forefront of Dutch minds
Analysis that has been carried out suggests that in Poland, water, agriculture, soils, will all be vulnerable to the effects of climate change
In Russia, ambitious domestic targets offer the prospect of low carbon economic development and establish favourable conditions for Russia to set a more ambitious emissions reduction target at Copenhagen
With a diverse range of climates, Spain faces several threats from the effects of global warming
Sweden will hold the Presidency for the EU during the negotiations at Copenhagen, and is committed to giving a high priority to issues surrounding climate change
The British Ambassador to Finland, Dr Valerie Caton ,handed over a copy of the 4 Degree Map to the Finnish Minister of Environment, showing the effects of a 4 degree rise in global temperatures.
Norwegian Foreign Secretary Jonas Gahr Støre discusses the 4 degree map.
The Elders, a group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela, have delivered an urgent message to world leaders for a strong Copenahgen deal.
Présent à Copenhague pour l'avenir
Le site du ministère du développement durable sur la Conférence des parties à la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (COP15)
See you in Copenhagen?
UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was the first world leader to offer to go to Copenhagen – and urged other leaders to do the same.
Milestones on the road to Copenhagen
See what's happening in the lead up to Copenhagen this month
Islanders gain from energy success story
The Island of Samsø in Denmark has a negative carbon footprint and generates revenue thanks to its innovative use of wind power.
Road to Copenhagen - in your language
- ملخص تنفيذي
- Mezinárodní akce proti klimatickým změnám
- Prendre des mesures internationales sur le changement climatique
- Der Weg nach Kopenhagen
- 기후변화에 대처하는 국제사회의 조치
- Droga do Kopenhagi
- Medidas Internacionais contra as Mudanças Climáticas
- Международные действия по борьбе с изменением климата
Acciones internacionales sobre el cambio climático