12/02/2009 - Yvo de Boer, the head of the United Nations agency convening the major climate change conference that opens in Copenhagen next week, outlined three hurdles today that the delegates must clear to make the meeting a success.
First, the major industrial countries must offer promises of substantial reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions, and the big emerging economies must pledge to slow the growth of their climate-altering gases. With the United States and China making such pledges last week and India preparing to do so shortly, that appears to be accomplished, although Mr. de Boer said that there is room for all of the promises to be strengthened.
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Mr. de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, spoke in a telephone conference call sponsored by the Pew Environment Group. Senator John F. Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, who will lead the Senate delegation to the talks and who has sponsored global warming legislation, also participated in the call.
Read the full article Kerry, de Boer Preview Copenhagen on the New York Times' Green Inc. blog.
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