The "developed West" has called upon the developing rest to get down to the task of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases// instead of "constantly blaming the rich countries" for global warming.
But as it happened Los Angeles, a showpiece of American capitalism, has been branded the most polluted city in the US.
On the other hand studies have shown that China has successfully cut emissions of an important class of atmospheric pollutants by up to 40 percent in its capital Beijing, ahead of the 2008 summer Olympics.
And embarrassing the global warming skeptics, coral disease outbreaks have struck the healthiest sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and a new study has conclusively linked disease severity to ocean temperature and climate change.
It was the European Union that called on developing countries on Tuesday to take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gases, saying they must stop blaming richer nations for their own failure to act.
Policymakers from around the world are meeting with scientists in Bangkok this week to adopt a blueprint for preventing global warming from having catastrophic effects.
They are trying to come to terms with the guidelines proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations network of 2,000 scientists that has produced two landmark reports on global warming this year.
Tom van Ierland, a climate change expert with the European Union, said cooperation from developing countries is essential to the goal of keeping temperatures from climbing more than 3.6 degrees, or 2 degrees Celsius.
The EU is providing tens of millions of dollars in funding for energy efficiency projects in developing countries and supports policies "they themselves can implement to increase their energy efficiency and energy security," he said.
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