South Africa takes part in climate change walkout
South Africa, China and OPEC nations walked out of climate talks under the banner of the G77 developing nations assembled in Bangkok, saying they would not discuss a future without the Kyoto Protocol. The parties allege rich nations are trying to kill off Kyoto, which holds 37 industrialised nations to emissions targets between 2008-2012. Negotiators are deciding whether to extend Kyoto from 2013, amend the pact, or create a new one, but developing countries want the wealthy to live by the original protocol. The US is not part of Kyoto, refusing to ratify the pact because it does not bind big developing nations to emissions targets.