World climate talks end in Buenos Aires

Governments agree to informal talks on post-2012 emissions, approve papers on adaptation, forestry, CDM

The tenth meeting of parties to the UN climate change convention (COP-10) finally ground to a halt on Saturday morning after two weeks of talks. The meeting underlined deep divisions over how to take forward the Kyoto protocol after its main provisions expire in 2012.

The EU went to Buenos Aires with an aim of launching discussions immediately on greenhouse gas reductions after 2012. Italian environment minister Altero Matteoli embarrassed his EU partners during the conference by reportedly suggesting that post-2012 greenhouse gas targets would have to be voluntary to bring the USA and major developing countries into the agreement.

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