Chinese wall on climate crumbles

The Durban talks appear to have bridged a 16-year-old divide between industrialised and developing countries, with China agreeing to move in step with the US on climate action. But there's trouble ahead.

Even by the standards of UN climate meetings, with their jargon, rhetoric and countless committees, when a whole conference overruns by 36 hours something must be up.

Environment ministers tried to sweep aside a 16-year-old divide between industrialised and developing countries at a meeting in Durban, South Africa, which finally wrapped up at 5.00 a.m. on Sunday.


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