Anger over re­think on emis­sions

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

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

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