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Item #d96mar102

"Norway Votes to Abandon CO2 Target," Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 3, Mar. 8, 1996. By a large majority, the Norwegian parliament recently supported the government motion to abandon the target of stabilizing emissions at 1989 levels by the year 2000. Of those countries that have adopted a national CO2 reduction target, Norway is the first to abandon one.

Item #d96mar103

"Citizens Ordered to Plant Trees in Effort to Combat Land Degradation," Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 175, Mar. 6, 1996. China is abruptly abandoning a gigantic government afforestation project started in 1978 to curb soil erosion, conceding that it has failed. Instead, about half of the nation's population of men, women and children will be expected to "volunteer" for tree-planting this year.

Item #d96mar104

"Consideration of Joint Implementation Recommended by Environment Commissioner," ibid., pp. 118-119, Feb. 21. The European Commission has conceded for the first time that joint implementation of climate change convention obligations between European Union member states and other nations should be considered. Norway, with the largest natural gas and oil reserves in western Europe, has been the leading proponent of joint implementation in international climate negotiations.

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