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The ninth meeting of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention (COP9) began in Milan, Italy today.

The meeting, which has attracted 4,000 delegates, is a forum for debate on climate change emissions, policy and technology, and for discussing the implementation of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

The main policy item on the agenda is how Kyoto takes into account the planting of forests to soak up carbon dioxide. The protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, which allows developed nations to invest in clean technologies in developing countries and offset the resulting emissions reductions against their own targets, is also likely to be a hot topic for debate.

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