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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Climate conference agrees deal

Published 08/12/2012 | 16:29

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The Kyoto Protocol controls the greenhouse gas emissions of rich countries

A UN climate conference with nearly 200 countries has adopted an extension of the Kyoto Protocol through to 2020.

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The 1997 pact, which controls the greenhouse gas emissions of rich countries, expires this year.

Negotiators haggled through the night in Doha to finalise details of a deal that allowed Kyoto to live on for another commitment period.

However, the second phase only covers about 15% of global emissions after Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Russia opted out.

The US never joined Kyoto, partly because it did not include China and other fast-growing developing countries.

Countries aim to adopt in 2015 a wider treaty that would apply to all countries and enter force when the Kyoto extension expires.

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