11 Dec '11, 7am

Climate deal clears hurdle with fresh round of pledges under Kyoto Protocol from 2013

Climate deal clears hurdle with fresh round of pledges under Kyoto Protocol from 2013

South African Foreign Minister and President of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (C) attends a meeting on Dec 10, 2011 during the final discussions of the last day of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. -- PHOTO: AFP DURBAN, South Africa (AFP) - A masterplan to step up global action against climate change cleared a key hurdle in Durban on Sunday where UN talks approved a fresh round of pledges under the Kyoto Protocol from 2013. 'Hearing no objections, it is so decided,' South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said as she brought down the gavel to applause. Approval is a vital part of a so-called Durban Package aimed at toughening measures against greenhouse gases blamed for damaging Earth's fragile climate system. Signed in 1997, Kyoto Protocol is the only global treaty that sets d...

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