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US reserves judgement on China warming offer

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 23:18

United Nations: The United States today
reserved judgement on a proposal by China to curb the growth
of its carbon dioxide emissions by a "notable margin" by 2020
from their 2005 levels.

Todd Stern, US special envoy for climate change, noted
that Chinese President Hu Jintao did not give specifics on how
much emission growth would be curbed, in his speech to a major
UN conference on climate change.

"He didn`t give a specific number as far as I understand
(of) reductions in carbon intensity, I think it all depends on
how significant it is."

Stern noted that the Chinese already had a 20 per cent
target for greenhouse gas emissions in their five-year plan
for 2006-2010.

Hu told the UN General Assembly that China`s curbs in
emission growth would be measured by unit of Gross Domestic
Product, in line with China`s concerns about preserving its
rapid economic growth.

Nations are due to meet in December in Copenhagen to lay
the framework for the successor to the landmark Kyoto
Protocol, whose obligations on wealthy nations to cut
greenhouse gas emissions expire in 2012.

Developed nations, while pledging to fight global
warming, have insisted that emerging powers also commit to
action as part of Kyoto`s successor.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 23:18
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