US EPA move will have limited impact

The corridors in the vast Bella Centre where the talks are being conducted seem a little emptier today as officials duck into informal, closed meetings where most of the real negotiations are now taking place.

Where yesterday the shadow of “climategate” was tangible, today there is guarded optimism over the news that the US’s Environmental Protection Agency has declared greenhouses gases a “danger to human health”. This will give the EPA a mandate to regulate the gases without legislation from the US Congress, where Obama’s plans to tackle climate change are currently floundering.

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