Biggest Economies Gather To Discuss Greenhouse Gases

04.27.09 | FL News Team

The world's biggest air polluters are sending envoys to the State Department today for a forum on greenhouse gases. The two-day conference will draw together the world's biggest economies for a head start on climate talks. The international community is slated to meet in December in Copenhagen to hammer out a sequel to the Kyoto Protocol limiting greenhouse gases. That treaty expires in 2012. 

Today's forum will open with remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Participating economies include the European Union, Mexico, China, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Britain and France.

President Obama has already said he aims to cut U.S. emissions by about 15 percent over the next decade. He has also vowed to push for action on climate change and called it essential to helping the struggling U.S. economy.