Seoul plans to freeze emissions until 2012

The new government of South Korea, among the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases, plans to cap emissions at 2005 levels for the next five years in spite of Seoul's exemption from cuts under the Kyoto protocol. The environment ministry presented the proposal to freeze emissions until 2012 in a report to Lee Myung-bak, the president, in a bid to join international efforts to fight global warming.