China has formally signed up to the climate accord agreed at the Copenhagen summit, the last major emerging nation to endorse the deal reached last December in the Danish capital.
Beijing’s decision follows an announcement by India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to formally associate India with the Copenhagen climate accord.
The summit set a goal of limiting global warming to two degrees celsius above pre-industrial times by 2050 as well as providing 70 billion euros a year to help developing countries curb their Co2 emissions from 2020, on a non-legally binding basis.
The move by China and India is likely to boost the much maligned accord which disappointed
ecologists hoping for a tougher stance on fighting climate change.
China, India, South Africa and Brazil joined the United States, the EU and a small number of other countries to tentatively agree the accord, which in the end was merely noted.
China, India and Brazil feared a ringing endorsement would force them into implementing measures which ultimately, they say, would have proved too costly.