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Major Emitters Meet in D.C. To Discuss Climate Change

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U.S.-hosted climate talks with the world's biggest greenhouse gas polluters concluded on Tuesday with signs of progress but sizable differences as nations work toward a deal this year to fight global warming. The two-day meeting was meant to pave the way for international talks in Copenhagen in December to forge a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which limits climate-warming greenhouse emissions and expires in 2012. Delegates praised the constructive atmosphere and Washington's shift on climate policy, while activists and some European officials said more needed to be done. RESULTS, MORE MEETINGS Environmental groups criticized the Washington meeting for not moving toward a more aggressive midterm target. 1

Bush signed an international declaration that climate change was a problem that must be addressed, and he committed the United States, in a non-binding sort of way, to cutting emissions by some 50 percent by 2050. Bush also initiated a set of talks among the major greenhouse gas emitters on strategies to lower global emissions through technological cooperation and possibly emission targets. At the time, the Bush initiative was heartily criticized by much of the environmental community and others who suspected the president of trying to circumvent (perhaps sabotage) international negotiations being carried under the Kyoto process. 2
  1. Some Progress at U.S. Climate Talks (Yahoo Environment)
  2. Major Emitters Meet in D.C. To Discuss Climate Change (The Green Grok)

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