December 6, 2007 / 6:49 AM / 10 years ago

U.S. invites big economies to Hawaii climate talks

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United States has invited major economies to Hawaii next month for a new round of talks about setting goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

The White House sent invitations on December 1 for the meeting of 17 major economies, which account for more than 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, said Harlan Watson, the chief U.S. at U.N. climate talks in Bali, Indonesia.

"The meeting will be held in Honolulu," Watson told Reuters. He said he believed the dates of the Hawaii meeting were January 29 and 30. The United States held a first round of the talks in Washington in late September.

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