"Climate Change Blamed for Thai Floods as UN Climate Talks Open"

"BANGKOK -- The first round of UN climate change talks since the Cancun summit in December is underway in Bangkok this week.

Negotiators from 173 governments are supposed to build on the Cancun agreements and work towards establishing a new global climate change regime, to extend or replace the Kyoto Protocol, when its first commitment period expires at the end of 2012.

But the talks are stalled over the agenda for negotiations. Developing country representatives want the Kyoto Protocol to be continued without a gap and the demand that rich nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Japan, Canada and Russia oppose a second commitment period from 2013. Developed country delegates want a broader agreement that commits all major economies to limiting greenhouse gas emissions."

Environment News Service had the story April 6, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

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"Arguments Over Agenda Stall U.N. Climate Talks" (Reuters)

"Bangkok Talks Make Little Progress on  Closing Emissions Gap" (Reuters/AlertNet)

Source: ENS, 04/07/2011