US, EU deadlocked at climate talks
The Associated Press, Dec. 13, 2007
BALI, Indonesia - European nations will boycott U.S.-led climate talks next month unless Washington accepts a range of numbers for negotiating deep reductions of global-warming emissions, Germany's environment minister said Thursday.
"No result in
The U.S. invited 16 other "major economies" to discuss a possible program of nationally determined, voluntary cutbacks in greenhouse gas emissions, as opposed to the binding targets favored by the EU and others now meeting in Bali.
The European Union and other governments say the figures reflect the measures scientists say are necessary to rein in global warming. But the
Im very concerned about the pace of things, said U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer, as a two-week U.N. climate conference entered its final stretch. If we dont get wording on the future, then the whole house of cards falls to pieces.
While it continues to reject inclusion of the numbers, the
I think those that suggest that we magically find an agreement on a metric when we are just starting ... that in itself is a blocking effort, said Jim Connaughton, the chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. We need to free up this conversation so we can have the deliberation to find as much consensus and collective engagement.
The conference, which has drawn delegates from 190 nations to
Other sticking points include demands from developing countries that they be given assurances of financial assistance and access to expensive technology to help them transition to cleaner economies.
At 12 noon tomorrow, time will be up, said de Boer. Were in an all or nothing situation.
De Boer said he thought a revised draft, which changed the language on emissions cuts, would still include the
The way I read the particular paragraph ... is that it addresses all industrialized countries, he said. My assessment is that it is not clearly crafted. We will have to wait and see where this goes.
Pressure has come even from a one-time ally on climate,
We dont have to resolve all these issues ... here in
Environmentalists take aim at Washington
Environmentalists have accused
We know that there is a wrecking crew in Bali led by the
Delegates and observers said the tenor of the talks was pointing toward a least-common-denominator outcome: a vague plan to negotiate by 2009 a new deal on emissions cutbacks, replacing Kyoto Protocol.
Everyone wants the
The U.Ns network of climate scientists, which shared the Nobel with Gore, released four major reports in 2007, saying man-made global warming was incontrovertible and nations must sharply reduce emissions of heat-trapping emissions from industry, transport and agriculture.
They warned that failure to act could have potentially catastrophic implications, including rising sea-levels, worsening floods and droughts, and the extinction of a third of the worlds plant and animal species.
Australia breaks ranks with U.S.
The Kyoto Protocol requires 37 industrial nations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by a relatively modest average 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
President Bush has argued that the pact would harm the
In the next round, we expect all developed countries to embrace a further set of binding emissions targets, said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who ratified
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