From: Alister Doyle and Gerard Wynn, Reuters
Published November 3, 2009 10:37 AM

Africa Boycotts U.N. Climate Talks, Demands CO2 Cuts

BARCELONA, Spain - African nations boycotted U.N. climate talks on Tuesday in a protest to urge rich countries to set deeper 2020 cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Meetings about extending the U.N.'s carbon-cutting Kyoto Protocol, one of two tracks for a new global climate deal due to be agreed in Copenhagen next month, were all canceled by the protests at the November 2-6 conference in Barcelona.

African nations accuse rich nations of failing to do enough to combat climate change that is likely to hit the poor hardest with more hunger and water shortages in Africa by triggering floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels.

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