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Maldives fails to convince peers to go “carbon neutral” (Reuters)

November 10, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

A group of developing countries agreed Tuesday to “green” their economies but stopped short of promising to become “carbon neutral” as a way to spur big polluters into action at climate talks next month.

The president of the Maldives had hoped a summit he was hosting would result in a promise by all present to commit themselves to become carbon neutral within a decade.

Instead, the summit’s final declaration said: “We will commence greening our economies as our contribution toward achieving carbon neutrality.”

“In short, we have been able to agree that development and green technology or less-carbon development is possible,” President Mohamed Nasheed said.

The summit was attended by Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Kiribati, Barbados, Bhutan, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania — countries which are among the lowest emitters of greenhouse gas but are vulnerable to the worst impacts of climate change including desertification, drought, floods and storm surges.

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