Canada, along with Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Maldives, is among the first countries to officially notify the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of its intention to sign on to the Copenhagen pact on climate change. Countries have until Jan. 31 to notify the international body of their willingness to ratify the deal; so far, only Cuba has denounced the agreement brokered by U.S. President Barack Obama. Under the terms of the pact, countries must pledge to keep the increase in global temperatures below two degrees Celsius, and developed countries must commit $100 billion U.S. by 2020 to the developing world to help emerging economies deal with their emissions. It does not include any caps on carbon emissions.
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