Governments glum at Poznań climate talks

UN proposes CDM improvements and new fund-raising mechanisms but criticisms of slow progress persist

The UN has proposed improvements to the Kyoto protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM) and ideas to raise fresh funds to help developing countries adapt to climate change.  Both subjects occupied government negotiators in the first week of international climate talks in Poznań, Poland, that are aiming to prepare the ground for a new global climate treaty.

But by Saturday night, halfway through the UN meeting (EED 01/12/08), the mood was far from optimistic that the gathering would achieve much, according to conference reporters the Earth negotiations bulletin (ENB). Many delegates complained of slow progress.

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