EU keeps up the pressure as climate talks resume

Climate negotiators meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, over the next two weeks must "drastically streamline" a draft negotiating text for a new global climate agreement, the European Commission said in a statement on Friday.

"I do not hide my concern at the slow rate of progress," commission president José Manuel Barroso said on Friday. "Negotiations cannot be an open-ended process. It is time to get serious now, not later."

EU leaders and others drew fresh hope for the agonisingly slow talks from a one-day UN high-level summit on climate last week. The meeting in New York was "enormously encouraging" and "a real turning point" UN climate chief Yvo de Boer said.

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