Disagreements on Global Warming Expected to Dominate Climate Talks

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Disagreements on how to tackle global warming will be front-and-center when 192 nations gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week, analysts say.

Organizers of the U.N. climate change conference, which starts Monday, aim to emerge with an agreement to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. But the issues are so contentious that world leaders have already agreed to put off a binding treaty until next year and instead seek a nonbinding interim deal on emissions, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Among the areas of disagreement are who should pay for the reductions, the newspaper said. Poorer nations argue they are more vulnerable to world temperature changes and want wealthier nations to agree to far deeper carbon emissions cuts than they have so far.

Also, the Times said, developing economies such as China, Brazil and India resent pressure to decarbonize their energy systems and claim trade rivals the United States and Western Europe are seeking advantages.

The newspaper also noted an intra-European struggle is ongoing over each nation’s carbon quotas, along with disagreements on how much help should be given developing countries.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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