Limited progress in climate talks in China

Oct 06, 2010

(AP) -- U.N. climate talks being held in China this week are making limited progress as rich and poor nations remain divided on key issues, negotiators said Wednesday.

"There is less agreement than one might have hoped to find at this stage, and it's going to require a lot of work to get to some significant outcome by the end of this week," said chief U.S. negotiator Jonathan Pershing.

Delegates from more than 150 nations are meeting in the northern city of Tianjin in the weeklong negotiations ahead of major in Mexico in December aimed at achieving a global plan for curbing "greenhouse" gases blamed for global warming.

Last year's U.N. in Copenhagen disappointed many environmentalists and political leaders by failing to produce a legally binding treaty on limiting such gases, such as carbon dioxide. Instead, nations agreed to a nonbinding political declaration on fighting in which countries submitted voluntary pledges to reduce .

Since a binding global deal is largely out of reach for this year, negotiators have been focusing on smaller initiatives that can lay the foundation for a legal framework that could be approved later, possibly at talks in South Africa in 2011.

But even with lower expectations, sharp disagreements remain over how to cut .

Top Chinese climate official Xie Zhenhua said developed nations have failed to take the lead in making substantial cuts in their own carbon emissions while unfairly demanding more from developing nations.

"The commitments made so far are far from what we expected," he said.

Explore further: US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

4 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Delegates told to ID achievable goals on climate

Oct 04, 2010

(AP) -- The U.N. climate chief urged countries Monday to search faster for common ground on battling climate change so that a year-end meeting in Mexico can produce results in that fight.

Climate talks appear to slip backward

Aug 06, 2010

(AP) -- Global climate talks appeared to have slipped backward after five days of negotiations in Bonn, with rich and poor countries exchanging charges of reneging on agreements they made last year to contain greenhouse ...

UN signals delay in new climate change treaty

Oct 27, 2009

(AP) -- Just weeks before an international conference on climate change, the United Nations signaled it was scaling back expectations of reaching agreement on a new treaty to slow global warning.

Climate talks ending with rich-poor rift wide open

Oct 09, 2009

Two weeks of crucial UN climate talks were due to conclude Friday after exposing huge rifts between rich and poor nations, just weeks ahead of the deadline for sealing a planet-saving global deal.

US says it's committed to cutting greenhouse gases

Aug 02, 2010

(AP) -- The United States assured international negotiators Monday it remains committed to reducing carbon emissions over the next 10 years, despite the collapse of efforts to legislate a climate bill.

Recommended for you

US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

Apr 18, 2014

The United States announced Friday a fresh delay on a final decision regarding a controversial Canada to US oil pipeline, saying more time was needed to carry out a review.

New research on Earth's carbon budget

Apr 18, 2014

(Phys.org) —Results from a research project involving scientists from the Desert Research Institute have generated new findings surrounding some of the unknowns of changes in climate and the degree to which ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

China says massive area of its soil polluted

A huge area of China's soil covering more than twice the size of Spain is estimated to be polluted, the government said Thursday, announcing findings of a survey previously kept secret.

UN weather agency warns of 'El Nino' this year

The UN weather agency Tuesday warned there was a good chance of an "El Nino" climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean this year, bringing droughts and heavy rainfall to the rest of the world.

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot—now stuck ...

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...