US reserves judgement on China warming offer
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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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