Major Climate Deal Unlikely at U.N. Climate Talks

A junk sails past the city's skyline shrouded in a dense blanket of toxic smog in Hong Kong on April 15, 2013. The air pollution index reached the 'severe' level for the third time in 2013 with high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide present. 
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Clare Foran
Nov. 6, 2013, 3:47 a.m.

It is un­likely that any ma­jor cli­mate deal will emerge from talks at this year’s United Na­tions cli­mate con­fer­ence held in Warsaw, Po­land, from Nov. 11 to 22, ac­cord­ing to Re­u­ters.

De­vel­op­ing na­tions like China and In­dia are re­luct­ant to de­crease their re­li­ance on coal-powered elec­tri­city, which burns cheaply but pro­duces vast amounts of car­bon pol­lu­tion. Mean­while, de­veloped coun­tries such as the European Uni­on’s mem­ber na­tions have ex­pressed con­cern that sup­port for re­new­able en­ergy will drive up the price of elec­tri­city, mak­ing it likely that the coun­tries rep­res­en­ted at the con­fer­ence will fail to reach a sweep­ing agree­ment to lower car­bon emis­sions.


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