Pacific Rim countries talk about climate change but set modest goals

Pacific Rim nations began negotiating a contested declaration on climate change Tuesday as host Australia sought to rally support, with a warning that future economic well-being depended on curbing global warming. Drafting was moving into high gear before the 21 APEC leaders gathered at Sydney's Opera House for a weekend summit. US President George W. Bush arrived late Tuesday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. They were greeted by Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile and other Australian officials, as Prime Minister John Howard attended a sports trophy awards night elsewhere in the city.