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Published: Wednesday 31 July, 2013

purse purse and China to Reduce Emissions

Still, emission promises by the two countries, the worlds biggest polluters, added muchneeded momentum as governments began final preparations for the 192nation conference in Copenhagen, where parameters will b purse e set for a new climate change agreement.

From Beijing to Trinidad, governments huddled Friday to plan their negotiating strategies.

China hosted India and other major developing countries a day after announcing that Beijing would cut carbon intensity, a measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of production, by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, compared with levels in 2005.

The Chinese target means emissions will continue to gr purse ow as its economy expands, but at nearly half the rate they otherwise would have done.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country presides over the 27nation European Union, said the Chinese bid was an important signal and a move in the right direction, but there was room for greater reductions.

We feel that China could do more and we also hope to get further commitments, he said on the Web site of the EU presidency. climate officials said the move would put China on a path to reduce all its greenhouse gas emissions about 13 percent from business as usual, the level those emissions would have reached without any action.

The Chinese move was expected to put pressure on India, which has failed to put forward any numbers for curbing emissions growth. assessment.

However, Indias environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, indicated that his country was reviewing its position after the Chinese announcement, which he described as a wakeup call.

We have to think hard about our climate strategy now and look for flexibility, Ramesh told The Hindustan Times.

Press Trust of India reported from Beijing that India also may accept a carbon intensity target, but not as steep as Chinas.

In other meetings Friday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told a meeting of Amazon nations in his capital that rich countries must pay the price for preservation of the worlds largest rain forest, which is considered vi purse tal for soaking carbon from the air.

British Commonwealth nations gathered in Trinidad to debate a declaration representing the common views of 53 widely divergent nations.

Canadas Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who pulled his Commonwealth country out of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that would have limited Canadas emissions, reversed his decision to stay away from Copenhagen after Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said they would attend. and China have yet to address the critical issue of how to raise the hundreds of billions of dollars needed annually to rescue poor countries from storms, floods and drought that are expected to become more severe as greenhouse gases worsen.

It certainly doesnt bring us closer to that range of emission reduction levels that we need to see, said Kim Carstensen, WWFs climate change director. purse