UN Delegates Agree to Post-Kyoto Era Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions
- TARGETS AGREED FOR GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS IN POST-KYOTO ERA
VIENNA, Austria, August 31, 2007 (ENS) - Delegates to a United Nations
climate conference from 158 nations have reached broad agreement on a
range of targets for greenhouse gas emissions cuts in an effort to lower
the risk of global warming. The target would apply after the current
global framework for managing climate change, the Kyoto Protocol, expires
The government negotiators officially recognized the finding by the UN's
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that global emissions of
greenhouse gases need to peak in the next 10 to 15 years and then be
reduced to very low levels, well below half of levels in 2000 by
mid-century, if the climate is to be safely stabilized.
The first five year commitment period for the 36 industrialized nations
that are legally bound by the Kyoto Protocol opens January 1, 2008.
Leader of the U.S. delegation, Harlan Watson, said the United States
would "come forward with what we believe is our contribution," in
September when President George W. Bush hosts the first of a series of
climate meetings with "major economies" in Washington.