Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.N. Climate Meeting Adopts Carbon Dioxide System

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.N. Climate Meeting Adopts Carbon Dioxide System

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Delegates to the U.N. Climate Conference adopted a carbon dioxide credit system Friday that would allow rich nations to continue to pollute in exchange for helping poor nations to pollute less.

Carbon dioxide, the so-called greenhouse gas, is the cause of global warming. It is produced mainly by burning, especially the burning of fossil fuels in engines and industrial boilers.

Scientists say if emissions are not cut, carbon dioxide concentrations will double by the year 2050, warming the atmosphere as much as 8 degrees, raising sea levels, flooding coastal cities and island nations.

Rich countries led by the United States produce half the world's carbon dioxide, but developing nations led by China are due to overtake them by the year 2020.

The agreement reached Friday allows developed nations to get credit for reducing carbon dioxide emissions within their own borders by providing clean energy technology to undeveloped countries.

Undersecretary of State Timothy Wirth, head of the U. …

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