CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS PROCEEDING SLOWLY

COP21 Officials from 195 countries are working flat out to negotiate a draft agreement that the environment ministers can agree on next week. But it is tough going.

"Not as much progress has really been made as we would have liked in resolving what appear to be resolvable issues," says Sweden’s Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson (Miljöpartiet, the Green party) to the news agency TT.

There are a large number of crucial issues. These include discussing whether more targets should be set than the overall objective of limiting the Earth's warming to two degrees. The draft mentions a number of options, for example, that global emissions must reach their highest levels "as soon as possible" or that emissions of greenhouse gases must be zero some time between 2060 and 2080.

Two hard to resolve issues are coming up everywhere in the negotiations. One is the recurring demand from the developing countries for more money for climate measures and for compensation for damage caused by climate change. The other concerns the fact that the developing countries want the obligations in the agreement to be tougher for rich countries than for them.

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