UN climate talks: the final lap

With only a few days left before international negotiations on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol kick off in Copenhagen, eyes are turning to the US and China in the hope of a compromise. But many obstacles remain.

The EU engaged in increased diplomatic activity in recent weeks as December’s UN talks on climate change were approaching. Expectations for the Copenhagen summit significantly lowered after several leaders admitted it was unlikely to lead to a legally binding agreement, prompting German chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders to call for a binding treaty shortly after.

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