Anger over rethink on emissions
BARCELONA: Countries most vulnerable to climate change said yesterday they were incensed that rich nations were rethinking the timetable for concluding a global treaty that would hold them to legally binding targets for cutting emissions.
As delegates engaged in a fifth and final day of UN climate talks in Spain, European nations downplayed expectations for a legal treaty to come out of next month’s key climate summit in Copenhagen.
Instead, negotiators were working to hammer out a draft political agreement in which rich nations would make hard pledges to reduce emissions and to finance aid for helping the world’s poorest cope with the affects of rising temperatures.
The shift – an admission of defeat after two years of UN negotiations – follows acknowledgment that several countries including the US, may not be ready to sign a pact next month. – Sapa-AP