In The Field

Climate war game: Day III negotiations off to a rocky start

9 a.m.

I haven’t even finished my morning coffee and already there’s a crisis in the climate negotiations. Country teams have convened a final meeting in hopes of approving the framework for a new international climate agreement, but a new impasse has developed between India and the West. India says its commitment to reducing emissions is (and always was) contingent on assistance with technology transfer and the idea that reductions will be allocated among nations on a per-capita basis. The United States and the European Union say they never agreed to such conditions, which would make India’s “commitment” an empty promise.

Delegates have 45 minutes (according to the agenda) to resolve their differences.


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