Climate Negotiators Pessimistic

BONN, Germany, Aug. 7 (UPI) — International talks on global climate change have moved backwards in the last year, negotiators preparing for the next climate summit in Mexico say.

As a week of talks in Bonn, Germany, concluded there were charges some major developing countries were backing away from agreements to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, saying such commitments should only apply to industrialized countries, the BBC reported Friday.

“At this point, I am very concerned,” chief U.S. negotiator Jonathan Pershing said.

“Unfortunately, what we have seen over and over this week is that some countries are walking back from progress made in Copenhagen, and what was agreed there,” he said.

Many of those attending the Bonn conference, a preparatory meeting for the full climate summit set for later this year in Mexico, were pessimistic.

“These negotiations have if anything gone backwards,” EU climate chief Connie Hedegaard said.

“This imbalance is not helpful and could seriously endanger the prospects of securing the successful outcome the world needs from the Cancun climate conference next December,” she said.

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