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APEC leaders agree on climate plan

September 09, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Pacific Rim leaders agreed to curb global warming by improving energy use and expanding forests, laying out a plan they hope will influence future climate change talks but that critics dismissed as too timid.

President Bush, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, China's Hu Jintao and other leaders at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Sydney adopted the program after officials struck a deal between richer and developing nations over targets.

Unlike the contentious Kyoto Protocol backed by the U.N., it does not set targets on emissions of greenhouse gases believed to cause global warming, and its goals are voluntary.

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