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US Govt to fund greenhouse gas researchers

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Wellington, April 8 NZPA - The United States Government is to provide 10 fellowships to help developing countries participate in the global research alliance which New Zealand has sought, to target science that will produce more food with fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

A three-day conference on how to increase international cooperation, collaboration and investment in such research is underway at Te Papa in Wellington.

"Sure, this issue is critical to the New Zealand economy, but more than that, it is critical to the future of the planet," US ambassador David Huebner said.

"It is imperative that all countries make whatever tangible contributions they can," he said in a statement. "The only way to address this challenge is to share resources and expertise; supporting and collaborating with developing countries is essential to us having any chance of us getting this done."

Scientists from developing countries would be offered the chance to work side-by-side with US scientists on climate change mitigation research, through the Borlaug Fellowship Programme.

Eligible countries in 2010 include Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Pakistan, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

The fellowships will be in five areas: tools for carbon capture and storage assessments, developing databases and strategies for managing emissions and carbon storage, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in crop systems, grazing systems, and confined animal production.

Earlier, Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand will also support developing countries getting free benefits from the research alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases.

Mr Key highlighted the plight of developing countries in his speech opening the conference, and later told journalists he would support giving those countries free technology to tackle emissions.

"We know that developing countries don't have the capacity to pay and certainly have a growing emissions profile," he said.

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