Agreement to cut emissions is a “modest but significant step forward”

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8080
  1. John Vidal
  1. 1Durban

The United States and major developing countries such as China, Brazil, and India will for the first time be legally committed to reducing climate changing emissions from 2020, after an historic deal struck in Durban, South Africa.

The package of measures agreed between 194 countries was struck in the early hours of 11 December and came after six days and three nights of ministerial wrangling.

The talks resulted in a decision to adopt the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol next year in return for a “road map” to a global legal agreement covering all parties for the first time. Negotiations will begin on …

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