Japan urges global target to halve emissions by 2050

Prime minister Shinzo Abe proposed a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and said Japan would support developing countries committed to halting global warming with a new form of financial aid, Reuters reported on Thursday.
Outlining his "Cool Earth 50" proposals in a speech, Abe said a post-Kyoto framework should include all major emitters such as the United States, China and India. Kyoto's first phase ends in 2012 and negotiations have yet to start in earnest on the pact's next stage.
Abe said a post-2012 framework should also take into account the diverse conditions in different countries and be compatible with both economic growth and environmental protection.