United Nations talks on slowing climate change were threatened with collapse after China clashed with the United States and led emerging nations to reject a compromise outline of an agreement.
With talks already in overtime because of deadlock after the December 1-12 meeting, China said a draft text put too much burden on the poor to limit greenhouse-gas emissions compared with the rich nations whose citizens have burnt most fossil fuels.
China’s deputy foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said: “We need a Lima consensus, but given the current station we have deadlock.”
The delegates from 190 nations are seeking to agree on the foundation of a UN climate deal to be completed in Paris in a year’s time.
US climate change envoy Todd Stern urged all to accept the compromise text.
He said failure in Lima would…
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