New accord will put all countries under the same legal requirements to control greenhouse gases by 2020 at the latest.
The president of a United Nations climate conference in South Africa has announced agreement on a program mapping out a new course by all nations to fight climate change over the coming decades.
The 194-party conference agreed on Sunday to start negotiations on a new accord that would put all countries under the same legal regime to enforce their commitments to control greenhouse gases. It would take effect by 2020 at the latest.Currently, only industrial countries have legally binding emissions targets under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Those commitments expire next year, but they will be extended for another five years under the accord adopted on Sunday. For the first time, it would bring all the major emitters, including China and India, unto the same legally binding roof.
Until now, developing giants have had no such constraints on their carbon pollution.
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Heading in the right direction but a long way to go.