China tells nations to cut their emissions by 40 percent
China has told other rich nations that they should cut their emssions by at least 40 percent by 2020, as part of the new climate change developments ahead of the Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen this December.
Chinese officials stated that the wealthy nations must be the ones to lead the way on changing emissions, and that developed countries should give 0.5 to 1 percent of the annual economic growth to help under-developed nations deal with global warming and slow greenhouse gas emissions.
The Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year will decide on new measures to build on the current Kyoto Protocol.
Mr de Boer, the head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said that he is hopeful about the developments leading up the to conference this December.
"We have an almost complete list of industrialised nations' pledges to cut emissions after 2012, so governments can see now, more clearly, where they are in comparison to each other, and can build a higher ambition on that basis," he said.
He added that the US had committed to a Copenhagen agreement and a "clean energy future".
"In response to the financial crisis, many national stimulus packages have been launched that include green economic objectives," he added.
"With only 200 days before Copenhagen, time gets tighter but the world is not standing still on climate change."
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