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Credit Crisis Not Threatening UN Climate Talks - Envoy

Source:  Copyright 2008, Reuters
Date:  November 17, 2008
Byline:  David Fogarty
Original URL: Status ONLINE

UN-led climate change talks that aim to rein in planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions are running out of time but have not been derailed by the financial crisis, Australia's top climate diplomat said on Friday.

Officials from about 190 nations gather from Dec. 1 in the Polish city of Poznan as part of a series of meetings on how to expand the Kyoto Protocol climate pact from 2013.

The talks are meant to conclude at the end of next year in the Danish capital Copenhagen and aim to bind the United States, China, India and other major emitters to curbs on their greenhouse pollution.

But many specifics of the new pact have yet to be sorted out.

"I haven't detected any change in approach as a result of the financial crisis," said Howard Bamsey, Australia's special envoy for climate change.

Fears have grown the financial crisis and looming global recession would delay efforts to fight global warming.

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