Big questions to remain unanswered in Poznan

Developing countries take initiative in frustration at perceived lack of impetus from developed world on reduction targets

World governments appeared unlikely to make progress on the politically fraught issue of greenhouse gas reduction targets for developed countries in a new global climate treaty as UN talks drew to a close in Poznan, Poland, on Friday evening. The stalemate cast a shadow over proceedings despite successes in other areas (see related article this issue).

As ENDS went to press on Friday evening, Russia, Australia and Japan were still resisting calls for them to commit to scientists' recommended emission cuts of 25-40 per cent by 2020 versus 1990 levels, according to German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel. "You have to be critical of that, even though we did not expect otherwise," he said.

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