Japan Climate Proposal Worries Activists

December 5th, 2007 By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent in Earth / Environment
Japan Climate Proposal Worries Activists (AP)
Environmental activists stage a demonstration outside the venue of the U.N. climate change conference in Nusa Dua on Bali island, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. Delegates from 190 nations assembled on the resort island for the annual climate meeting which is focused chiefly on launching a two-year negotiating process to seal a deal to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)


Environmental activists stage a demonstration outside the venue of the U.N. climate change conference in Nusa Dua on Bali island, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. Delegates from 190 nations assembled on the resort island for the annual climate meeting which is focused chiefly on launching a two-year negotiating process to seal a deal to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

(AP) -- In an opening gambit, Japan has proposed that the Bali climate conference pursue a broad "least common denominator" approach to negotiating new controls on global-warming gases. Environmentalists couldn't think less of it.



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