22 September 2009 16:39 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on rapidly growing developing nations to make major and binding commitments to emissions reductions in order to avoid what he called an irreversible catastrophe in climate change.
In addressing a special session of world leaders at a UN climate change conference in ?xml:namespace>
Although he did not specifically name
The US and China are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG), with China recently taking the lead position.
Obama conceded that developed nations such as the
However, he said that developing nations “will need to commit to strong measures at home and agree to stand behind those commitments just as the developed nations must stand behind their own”.
“We cannot meet this challenge unless all the largest emitters of greenhouse gas pollution act together,” Obama said, adding: “There is no other way.”
Domestic critics of Obama’s climate change goals and Democrat-sponsored legislation to force emissions reductions by
Obama said that developed nations “have a responsibility to provide the financial and technical assistance needed to help these nations adapt” to climate change, but he indicated such assistance should be directed to only the poorest and most vulnerable developing nations.
Referring to the worldwide climate change summit conference set for
“We must seize the opportunity to make
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