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Negotiators try to persuade Japan, Canada, and Russia to soften opposition to climate treaty

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7079
  1. John Vidal
  1. 1Cancún, Mexico

Hopes were rising in Cancún this week that an interim climate deal could be reached by politicians from 193 countries.

As the BMJ went to press on Tuesday, wide differences remained between rich and poor nations on key issues, but negotiators were aiming for an unambitious but pragmatic agreement to take forward to next year’s concluding summit in South Africa.

Several problems—or “roadblocks” in diplomatic jargon—remained to be worked out at the midpoint of the talks. The thorniest was how to persuade Japan, Canada, and Russia to soften their hardline stance not to sign up to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the …

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