In The Field

Climate war game: Back to the table

5 p.m.

The teams are now reporting back to the main group during the final plenary session of the day. Each country is going through its positions on each of the issues proposed by the UN secretariat. Lots of language encouraging one thing or another and lots of agreements “in principle.” But there would not appear to be any major breakthroughs on the biggest question, that of emissions, at this stage in the game.

The surprise announcement came from India, which appears to have agreed to reduce its emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels between 2015 and 2025, which is identical to the US proposal. This seems hard to believe and would, if true, put China in a lonely corner. Pressed on its lack of a specific commitment, however, China is holding firm.

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