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Green watch: No time to waste for detailed climate action plan

  • Jonathan Wootliff

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 9 2010   /  11:53 am

Pressure in mounting on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to specify how he plans to deliver his promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a move welcomed by the UN’s climate change body as an important step towards achieving a legally binding global agreement, Indonesia is one of 55 countries — including the 27-member European Union — to have formally pledged to cut or limit their emissions by signing the so-called Copenhagen Accord.

These countries account for a total of 78 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, leaving 137 countries still to announce their targets.

Independent studies indicate the pledges as they stand are about half of what is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Indonesia made the Jan. 31 deadline set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in delivering a seven-pag...