States conclude "historic" climate change talks

Governments agree to talks on post-2012 emission targets plus dialogue with anti-Kyoto countries

World governments have agreed to continue and strengthen the fight against global warming at the close of two weeks of international negotiations in Montreal, Canada. The conference will be remembered in particular for launching talks on further greenhouse gas reductions after 2012.

Finally grinding to a halt at 6.15am on Saturday, the Montreal talks produced far more progress than seemed possible earlier in the fortnight. A jubilant EU called the outcome a "watershed". The UN called the meeting "one of the most productive ever". Even environmental groups, generally quick to criticise, issued positive assessments.

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