UN calls for 40% cut in carbon emissions

UN calls for 40% cut in carbon emissions

A United Nations draft plan has called on rich nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40% by 2020, to save the planet from disastrous climate change.

The plan follows a week of negotiations in Bali where delegates from 190 countries have met to settle on a successor to the Kyoto treaty. There is still another week of meetings to go and the final agreement must be reached this Friday.

The U.S has maintained that they cannot sign up to any deal that includes hard numbers and a set date by which their carbon emissions must be cut. However, promising hard numbers has been backed by the UK, EU and the majority of developing nations.

The U.S is the only developed nation not to consent to the Kyoto protocol – where developed countries promised to reduce their emissions by 5% below 1990 levels.

U.S negotiator, Harlan Watson is adamant that America wants to be productive saying: ‘We do want a Bali road map for 2009.’

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