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IEA ministers meet: Measures to counter climate change were a major topic at the May 23, 1997, meeting of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency in Paris, where a statement of the energy dimension of climate change was released. (See REPORTS/ENERGY POLICY, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--June 1997.) During the meeting, a top Chinese official and energy ministers from the 24 member countries of the IEA agreed to a range of measures to be taken in China relating to climate change and energy supply. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 508-509, and pp. 519-520, May 28, 1997.)

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Japan missing target: While Japan prepares to host the next climate convention meeting in December, it is forced to face the likelihood that it may not meet previous commitments to reduce CO2 emissions. The country is expected to launch several initiatives this year to avoid bad publicity, and its environment agency has recommended carbon taxes and improved energy efficiency to reduce its own emissions. (See New Scientist, p. 10, May 31, 1997; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 571-572, June 11.)

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UNEP compromise: A last-minute deal between opposing factions has staved off a crisis that developed in February over how the U.N. Environment Program is to be governed. (See Global Climate Change Digest NEWS, Mar. 1997.) A high-level committee will be established as a subsidiary organ of the Governing Council, but will include more members (36) than originally proposed (15-20), to accommodate more representatives from developing countries. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 350-352, Apr. 16, 1997.)

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