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Talking while the world warms

发布时间:2019-03-08 08:12:13来源:未知点击:

By Fred Pearce THE Kyoto Protocol, drawn up at last year’s climate summit to limit emissions of greenhouse gases, will now not be implemented for up to two years because governments have put off some vital decisions. Delegates in Buenos Aires were supposed to set the rules on how industrialised countries can meet part of their Kyoto targets by funding clean energy projects and carbon “sinks”, such as forests, in other countries. But the urgency has evaporated. The debate on carbon sinks has been put on hold while governments await scientific advice from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due in 2000. “We have decided to focus on areas of convergence not disagreement,” says Melinda Kimble, leader of the US delegation. This delay also applies to demands made by European countries before the conference that industrial nations should concentrate on cutting emissions at home and set a ceiling on actions abroad. The European Union now promises “concrete proposals” for the next meeting, probably in early 2000. Chris Flavin of the Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC blamed the US. “It may be time to break the deadlock, with a group of nations, such as the more progressive European countries, acting independently without the US,