Global climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, made progress overnight toward a deal to slow
global warming. More than 100 environment ministers were stilling working to try
to end a dispute between developing countries and Russia, Canada and Japan, which
do not want to extend the Kyoto Protocol that curbs emissions in rich countries until
2012, insisting they want an entirely new treaty which would also oblige developing
countries like China and India to cut their own emissions.
nations as well as the European Union, Australia and the United States praised a draft
drawn up by host country Mexico on the final day of two-week talks.
document refers to "a second commitment period" for Kyoto.
Bassey, the Chair of Friends of the Earth, says he doubts a legally binding document
will come out of the process.
“[Rich countries] do not want commit to a measurable
reduction they can be held to account on,” he said. “The whole exercise is really
kind of troubling.”
The U.N.-led talks are trying to rebuild trust between
rich and poor nations after President Barack Obama and other leaders failed last year
to agree a treaty at a summit in Copenhagen.