"TOKYO -- The failure of Group of 20 environment and energy ministers to agree
on a global temperature goal exposes the divide between advanced and
emerging-market economies on the pace of industrial transformation needed to
slow climate change.
Coal and a target for limiting global warming were two of the toughest sticking
points between the U.S., Japan and European nations and China, Russia and
India, according to Japanese government sources who traveled to Naples for the
G-20 talks on Friday.
The ministers also stopped short of a making commitment to phase out coal power
in their meeting communique -- a breakdown that clouds the prospect for a
meaningful agreement at the United Nations climate conference starting in
Roberto Cingolani, minister for ecological transition of Italy, this year's
G-20 president, told reporters after the meeting that negotiations with China,
India and Russia -- all heavy users of coal power -- had been "difficult."
Friday's meeting marked the first time for G-20 ministers to discuss climate
change and energy in the same forum. There were hopes it would build on
momentum from the Group of Seven summit in June, when leaders agreed to achieve
net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and end state support for exports of
coal-fired power plants. The G-20 accounts for about 80% of global greenhouse
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