ANALYSIS-U.N. Doha climate talks risk sinking 'like Titanic'

Thu May 24, 2012 5:49pm GMT

* Expectations low for Doha climate meeting at year end

* Talks in Bonn this week disappoint, no real progress made

* Nations want more time, workload is heavy

By Nina Chestney

BONN, Germany, May 24 (Reuters) - Hopes are fading that climate talks in Qatar late this year will make even modest progress towards getting a new globally binding climate deal signed by 2015, as preliminary negotiations in Germany this week have left much work to be done.

The fear is that if work plans and agendas are not set by the end of this year at the latest it could have a knock-on effect, holding up the entire effort to avert potentially devastating global warming.

United Nations climate talks in South Africa last year agreed a package of measures that would extend the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a global pact enforcing carbon cuts, and decide a new, legally binding accord by 2015, coming into force by 2020.

In the first negotiating session since that agreement, delegates from over 180 countries were nearing the end of two-week long session in Bonn, but progress has been hampered by procedural wrangling.

Additional sessions later on look unlikely, due to a lack of funding, so a range of unresolved issues will be left until the two-week summit in Doha, Qatar, at the end of November.   Continued...

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