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Vol 51 No 9

Published 30th April 2010

Warming up in Cape Town

African governments are teaming up with Asia and Latin America to press rich countries for a legally binding pact on carbon emissions

In a challenge to the rich economies of the West, South Africa, Brazil, China and India are calling for a legally binding global agreement to limit climate change. Their new block, with South Africa replacing Russia in the BRIC group of Brazil, Russia, India and China, adds the acronym ‘BASIC’ to the United Nations’ vocabulary. A meeting of their environment ministers in Cape Town on 26 April demanded agreement by 2011 at latest and may give fresh momentum to the initiatives that ran into the sand at December’s UN climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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