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Climate change 'roadmap' agreed in Bali

A "Bali roadmap" has been established in preparation for a climate treaty to be drawn up at the end of 2009. Outlined by delegates from almost 190 countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007, the plan-of-action includes the establishment of an 'adaptation fund' to enable developing countries to deal with the harmful effects of global warming and a scheme to award poorer countries for protecting trees.

Despite initial deadlock, delegates also agreed that richer nations and private sector companies should be able to earn carbon credits by paying for forest protection in developing countries. But critics argued the conference failed to agree mandatory emission targets and caps that will be needed if major cuts in carbon emissions are to be achieved. Tony Juniper, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, argued in the Observer newspaper that the aim of the European Union was to agree emission reductions for industrialised countries of between 20 and 45 per cent by 2020. "The US, backed by Canada and Japan, were against this and, along with Russia, they set out to wreck any prospect for a deal based on these figures," he said. The talks were called because the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol, the international framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expires in 2012.

Date published: January 2008


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