"MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon warned Monday that the globe is on the precipice of a tragedy if delegates at a U.N. climate change summit do not set differences aside and think of future generations.
Despite Calderon's admonition, hopes remained low among delegates in the beach resort of Cancun for a binding agreement on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for rising global temperatures and extreme weather.
'It would be a tragedy if our inability to see beyond our personal interests or national interests makes us fail,' Calderon told an opening session of some 15,000 delegates from 194 countries. 'The atmosphere is indifferent to the sovereignty of states.'"
Tim Johnson reports for McClatchy Newspapers November 29, 2010.