NZ, US to discuss emissions initiative

An article in the New Zealand Herald examining New Zealand’s plans to lead a worldwide scientific initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Prime Minister John Key announced in New York last week that New Zealand would drive a global alliance on research to cut greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

“Former Environment Minister Simon Upton, who negotiated the Kyoto Protocol and chairs an OECD group on sustainability, has been appointed a special envoy to promote the alliance with other countries. The United States, India, and the Netherlands have expressed some support for the initiative which was “very general at this stage”.

“We are trying to keep the specifics open to take on board much more important countries than New Zealand’s views about how it is best structured.”