March/April 2010

China, India give go-ahead to climate deal

China and India have given their qualified approval to the Copenhagen climate accord calling for voluntary limits on greenhouse gas emissions, according to The Associated Press.

More than 100 countries had earlier responded to a request to be "associated" with the nonbinding agreement brokered by President Barack Obama at the climate change summit in December.

But the delay in replying by the world's two fastest-growing polluters had raised concern the accord could be rendered meaningless, even though India and China were among a small group of nations that negotiated the deal.

China's one-sentence note to the U.N. climate change secretariat in mid-March said it agreed to be listed in the accord, which was seen as weaker language than asking to be associated with it.