Global climate treaty postponed by up to a year

It could take up to 12 months after the Copenhagen summit in December to agree a new legally binding global climate treaty, EU member state officials predicted on Thursday as the latest round of UN climate talks in Barcelona entered its final stages.

Senior EU negotiators said Copenhagen could deliver a substantive political agreement together with a timetable for turning this into a legal treaty. European Commission officials estimated this could happen 3-6 months after Copenhagen, but the Swedish EU presidency and UK officials said it could take up to a year.

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