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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1996
"Norway Votes to Abandon CO2 Target," Global Environ.
Change Rep., p. 3, Mar. 8, 1996. By a large majority, the Norwegian
parliament recently supported the government motion to abandon the target of
stabilizing emissions at 1989 levels by the year 2000. Of those countries that
have adopted a national CO2 reduction target, Norway is the first to abandon
"Citizens Ordered to Plant Trees in Effort to Combat Land
Degradation," Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 175, Mar. 6, 1996. China is
abruptly abandoning a gigantic government afforestation project started in 1978
to curb soil erosion, conceding that it has failed. Instead, about half of the
nation's population of men, women and children will be expected to "volunteer"
for tree-planting this year.
"Consideration of Joint Implementation Recommended by Environment
Commissioner," ibid., pp. 118-119, Feb. 21. The European Commission
has conceded for the first time that joint implementation of climate change
convention obligations between European Union member states and other nations
should be considered. Norway, with the largest natural gas and oil reserves in
western Europe, has been the leading proponent of joint implementation in
international climate negotiations.
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