National Post

CHINA’S DEMANDS THREATEN PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD

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With only hours left to produce a global climate accord, rifts emerged Friday between Western countries and China and its allies over how to share the burdens of reducing carbon pollution and helping vulnerable nations cope with the extreme weather that comes with global warming.

The issue has dogged negotiatio­ns for years and diplomats at the talks outside Paris are hoping it won’t threaten a long-awaited deal.

China’s deputy chief negotiator stood firm Friday on his nation’s demand that rich countries should assume the most responsibi­lity for the costs and argued against an agreement that sets too-tough goals for weaning the world off using oil, gas and coal.

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