Major developing countries, including China and India, rejected a proposal to steadily reduce the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons last week during the 24th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The proposal, which was advanced by the United States, Mexico, and Canada, called for an 85 percent reduction in production and consumption of 21 types HFCs over the next 20 years. India and China argued that the Montreal Protocol is not the appropriate vehicle for dealing with the HFC issue and that it should instead be addressed during U.N. climate change negotiations.