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US 'blocks environment progress'
Date: Sunday, March 18 2007

US 'blocks environment progress'

Germany's environment minister, Sigmar Gabriel, says the United States has blocked progress on two key issues to protect the global environment.
He was speaking after a two-day meeting of environment ministers in the German city of Potsdam.

The issues were carbon emissions trading and rewarding developing nations for protecting their natural assets, he said.

Mr Gabriel said the US opposition was "not a surprise".

The Potsdam conference brought together ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations - the United States, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Japan, Italy and Russia - and Brazil, India, China Mexico and South Africa from the developing world.

Ministers stressed that the meeting had shown that there was a good deal of consensus on the scale and nature of the problem of climate change - but a lack of agreement on the tools to tackle it.

The BBC's Matt McGrath in Potsdam says there was a widespread acceptance that sustainable economic development had to go hand in hand with efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide.

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Published: 2007/03/17 20:15:52 GMT

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