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Dec 11, 2010

Climate talks end with modest steps, no Kyoto deal

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – The world’s governments agreed on Saturday to modest steps to combat climate change and give more money to poor countries, but they put off until next year tough decisions on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The deal includes setting up a Green Climate Fund to give $100 billion a year in aid for poor nations by 2020, measures to protect tropical forests and ways to share clean energy technologies.

Dec 11, 2010

Climate talks win lifeline, but may sink in 2012

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – A new deal among 190 nations to slow climate change throws a lifeline to U.N.-led talks but they will still struggle to find a deal extending the Kyoto Protocol for cutting carbon emissions beyond 2012.

Most delegates said the main achievement of the two-week conference in Cancun, Mexico was simply to have an agreement, and thereby restore some faith in a damaged U.N. process after a Copenhagen summit in 2009 failed to agree a treaty.

Dec 11, 2010

Snap Analysis: Climate talks win lifeline, but may sink in 2012

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – A new deal among 190 nations to slow climate change throws a lifeline to U.N.-led talks but they will still struggle to find a deal extending the Kyoto Protocol for cutting carbon emissions beyond 2012.

Most delegates said the main achievement of the two-week conference in Cancun, Mexico was simply to have an agreement, and thereby restore some faith in a damaged U.N. process after a Copenhagen summit in 2009 failed to agree a treaty.

Dec 11, 2010

Bolivia slams widely praised climate plan

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Global climate talks made progress late on Friday toward a deal to slow global warming despite bitter objections by Bolivia to a widely praised proposal to break a deadlock between rich and poor.

More than 100 environment ministers were expected to work through the night to try to end a row between developing countries and Russia, Canada and Japan, which do not want to extend the Kyoto Protocol that curbs emissions in rich countries until 2012.

Dec 10, 2010

Climate talks down to wire, Mexico pushes for deal

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico scrambled to break an impasse between rich and poor nations over future cuts in greenhouse gas emissions on Friday as 190-nation climate talks went down to the wire.

Delegates said there was little progress in overnight talks in Mexico’s beach resort of Cancun and that the negotiations, due to end on Friday, may well be extended into Saturday as all sides seek a deal to address global warming.

Dec 9, 2010

U.N. climate talks on “knife edge”, Kyoto deal unsure

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – The outcome of U.N. climate talks is “on a knife edge” on the penultimate day of 190-nation talks with an impasse over the future of the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol, Britain said on Thursday.

A deadlock on whether or not to preserve Kyoto after 2012 has hobbled the two-week meeting in Mexico, and countries will have to agree to defer the issue if they are to unlock other deals on climate aid and protection of rainforests.

Dec 9, 2010

U.N. climate talks seek to avert damaging failure

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations sought on Wednesday to break a deadlock between rich and poor on steps to fight global warming and avert a new, damaging setback after they failed to agree a U.N. treaty last year in Copenhagen.

Several environment ministers said that failure at the talks in Mexico could undermine faith in the ability of the United Nations to tackle global problems in the 21st century as power shifts toward emerging nations led by China and India.

Dec 7, 2010

Mexico hailed: others blamed if climate failure?

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s deft hosting of U.N. climate talks is raising the stakes for nations with hard-line positions — such as Japan and Bolivia — since they risk getting more blame if the meeting fails, analysts say.

At the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, Denmark’s use of “secret” negotiating texts among only a few nations angered many poor countries who felt left out. Denmark then got some of the blame for the failure to agree to a binding U.N. climate treaty.

Dec 6, 2010

Analysis: Mexico hailed, others blamed if climate failure?

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s deft hosting of U.N. climate talks is raising the stakes for nations with hard-line positions — such as Japan and Bolivia — since they risk getting more blame if the meeting fails, analysts say.

At the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, Denmark’s use of “secret” negotiating texts among only a few nations angered many poor countries who felt left out. Denmark then got some of the blame for the failure to agree to a binding U.N. climate treaty.

Dec 6, 2010

Analysis: Mexico hailed, others blamed if climate failure?

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s deft hosting of U.N. climate talks is raising the stakes for nations with hard-line positions — such as Japan and Bolivia — since they risk getting more blame if the meeting fails, analysts say.

At the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, Denmark’s use of “secret” negotiating texts among only a few nations angered many poor countries who felt left out. Denmark then got some of the blame for the failure to agree to a binding U.N. climate treaty.