US Offers Plan to Break Deadlock in Climate Talks

US counter-proposal would reduce amount of forest and agricultural lands counted as carbon sinks.

Published: 20-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - With three days to go before Friday's deadline for a U.N. deal on reducing "greenhouse gases" believed to cause global warming, the United States has come up with proposals to break a deadlock with the European Union.

But high-level political delegations still face a daunting task in reaching a consensus among the 185 participating nations.

Current forecasts estimate that the Earth's temperature will rise by as much as six degrees centigrade (11 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, lifting ocean levels by nearly a meter (three feet).

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