Push to avoid climate treaty collapse - FT.com
Governments are looking at a new plan to make sure the Kyoto treaty does not completely collapse at next month’s climate talks, the UN’s top climate diplomat has revealed.
Attempts to agree on a second commitment period, or a new version of a global deal, have repeatedly floundered, most spectacularly at the 2009 UN climate talks in Copenhagen.
That has led to an impasse, as developing countries and China insist there must be another round of Kyoto cuts, while countries such as Japan, Russia and Canada say they will not agree to such a move alone.
This has led to fears among some observers that the Durban talks, which run from November 28 to December 9, could result in being the site of the death of the Kyoto treaty.