Freeman

IN BRIEF

China and US at Impasse Over Carbon Monitoring

DECEMBER 15, 2009

“China and the United States were at an impasse on Monday at the United Nations climate change conference here over how compliance with any treaty could be monitored and verified.

“China, which last month for the first time publicly announced a target for reducing the rate of growth of its greenhouse gas emissions, is refusing to accept any kind of international monitoring of its emissions levels, according to negotiators and observers here. The United States is insisting that without stringent verification of China‚Äôs actions, it cannot support any deal.” (New York Times, Tuesday)

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