Hard choices ahead of Paris as Lima underwhelms


A last-minute compromise deal by United Nations climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday set some modest building blocks for next year’s global talks in Paris, after negotiations came close to collapse due to divisions between rich and poor nations.

The text of the Lima Call for Climate Action, agreed more than 30 hours behind schedule, approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to the Paris summit next year.

There was no mention of energy issues or renewables in the final communiqué.

The political momentum created by last month’s deal between the US and China – the world’s top two emitters – to jointly limit emissions failed to build into a wider political consensus, as familiar divisions opened up between wealthy and developing countries over their respective levels of commitment,

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