IS THE US BLOCKING ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS

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IS THE US BLOCKING ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS

 user 2007-03-20 at 9:23:00 am Views: 54
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    US ‘blocks environment progress’
    There was widespread agreement on the need to cut emissions
    Germany’s
    environment minister, Sigmar Gabriel, says the United States has
    blocked progress on two key issues to protect the global environment.He
    was speaking after a two-day meeting of environment ministers in the
    German city of Potsdam.The issues were carbon emissions trading and
    rewarding developing nations for protecting their natural assets, he
    said.Mr Gabriel said the US opposition was “not a surprise”.The Potsdam
    conference brought together ministers from the Group of Eight leading
    industrialised nations – the United States, Canada, France, UK,
    Germany, Japan, Italy and Russia – and Brazil, India, China Mexico and
    South Africa from the developing world.

    ‘Not subtle’
    Ministers
    stressed that the meeting had shown that there was a good deal of
    consensus on the scale and nature of the problem of climate change -
    but a lack of agreement on the tools to tackle itThe BBC’s Matt McGrath
    in Potsdam says there was a widespread acceptance that sustainable
    economic development had to go hand in hand with efforts to cut
    emissions of carbon dioxide.But disagreements surfaced over specifics
    such as extending the global system of carbon trading, one of the
    central planks of any proposed deal to curb emissions.According to one
    delegate the United States was “not subtle” in its opposition to carbon
    trading, and to another proposal that would pay developing countries to
    preserve rainforests.”We find this regrettable,” Mr Gabriel told
    reporters.But he said: “I would have been disappointed if I’d expected
    something different.”