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Climate change talks nudge forward but difficulties remain

Negotiators working towards a global climate change agreement claim they are making steady progress, but many details remain to be hammered out

Interim talks held in Bonn during June achieved mixed results in smoothing potential problems ahead of November’s annual UN climate change summit in Warsaw, where it is hoped countries will prepare the ground for a new global climate change agreement to be signed at a Paris conference in 2015, which would be effective from 2020.   The 2015 agreement is designed to be ratified by all countries and set significant emissions reductions targets and other goals for both industrialised and developing countries. That contrasts with the Kyoto Protocol, which entered force in 2005, whose targets only applied to a group of developed countries, which excluded some big emitters such as the US.Those run

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