Brokering a deal to replace Kyoto will take years, EU ministers say

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 06 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7963
  1. John Vidal
  1. 1Durban

Hopes of a breakthrough to unblock the stuttering United Nations talks on climate change remained slim this week as ministers from 190 countries flew to Durban, South Africa.

With Canada, Russia, and Japan refusing to sign up to a second period of the Kyoto protocol, and the United States stating it would not be legally bound to any treaty unless poor countries were too, it was left to the European Union to try to broker a compromise. The Kyoto protocol, which legally binds all rich countries except the US to cuts, runs out in 2012.

The EU’s Durban “roadmap” …

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