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China calls for tougher CO2 cuts offer from US

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China calls for tougher CO2 cuts offer from US

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The message was loud and clear from eco protesters in Copenhagen – if global temperatures rise by two degrees, people will die.

Delegates wheeled and dealed, offers were made and rejected on day three of the climate change summit.

China demanded the US offer more on cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, a spokesman for Obama said Washington would engage “robustly” at the talks.

Developing countries were incensed by a sensitive text that was leaked that appears to hand more power to rich nations.

Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, chairman of the G77 and China bloc, said: “Its overreaching strategic goal is to destroy the balance of obligations between developing and developed industrialised Western countries.

“This is done with a zealous rejection of the notion of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.”

Others are playing down the secret draft agreement. Danish climate minister and meeting president Connie Hedegaard said the rumours are untrue: “Is this true? Or is that true? But there has been a lot of commotion about a certain Danish draft which simply does not exist.”

With the rift between rich and poor nations widening, Beijing and other developing countries have dismissed the offer of a combined 13 billion dollar a year fund as nowhere near enough to deal with the impact of global warming.

Meanwhile, another split has emerged – this time within the developing nations camp. The most vulnerable countries want a tougher agreement than Kyoto, while richer developing nations oppose that on economic grounds.

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