Key climate decision should wait for new US president, says UN

The global decision on how much rich countries should cut their greenhouse-gas emissions in the next decade should be decided next year after the United States has a new president, the head of the UN Convention on Climate Change said on Tuesday.

"There are some topics which it makes sense to leave for later in the process," agencies quoted Yvo de Boer as saying, "for example what sort of targets or commitments are industrialised countries going to agree to. That is something which is perhaps more sensibly discussed
with a new administration"

Under President George W. Bush, who will leave office in January, the US backed out of the Kyoto Protocol, the landmark pact on cutting
emissions whose obligations expire at the end of 2012.

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