It’s looking likely that China won’t be expected to join in the pollution-cutting party, it has emerged from the climate change talks in Bali this week. Developing countries are not required to cut the same percentage of pollution as others so that they have a chance to boost their economy.
The U.S. has refused to join the 1997 Kyoto accord in part because China and other rapidly emerging economies aren’t required under the treaty to make the same pollution cuts as industrialized nations. The U.S. and China are the world’s largest emitters of global warming pollution.
The focus on providing greater incentives for developing nations comes as countries such as India argued earlier this week that climate talks shouldn’t even start before industrialized countries lived up to their previous promises to help poorer nations deal with the effects of climate change.
“In a way it’s a double whammy where commitments from the past aren’t met and going into the future something may be arranged that could hurt them economically.” de Boer said.
Greenbang thinks he can hear the school bell. Playtime over.