Countries wide apart on climate change targets

Developed nations were far away from agreeing how targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions after 2000 should be set, let alone what those targets should be, after the first in a series of meetings intended to lead to a protocol under the UN Convention on Climate Change. Countries are sharply divided over whether targets should be set on a flat rate reduction from 1990 emission levels or be differentiated according to economic, population or other indicators - and the USA has thrown a spanner in the works by refusing to accept any targets until after 2010.

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