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UN climate marathon risks failure December 14, 2009

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UN climate marathon risks failure

Mail & Guardian, December 14, 2009

The spectre of failure loomed on Monday over the United Nations climate summit, with China accusing wealthy nations of “playing tricks”, as the marathon talks in Copenhagen entered their crucial final phase.

As environment ministers haggled behind closed doors, some of the biggest players gave a glimpse of the size of the divide that needs to be bridged between rich and poor nations when about 120 leaders gather for the summit climax on Friday.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose country is the industrialised world’s biggest per capita polluter, brandished the spectre of failure unless there was more compromise all round.

“There’s a big risk that we will have conflicting views between developed and developing countries,” Rudd said. “And there is always a risk of failure here.”

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