"Thousands of environment experts were set to gather in China on Monday in a bid to kick-start stalled UN talks on climate change, amid warnings that time was running out to broker a deal.
The six days of talks in the northern port city of Tianjin, due to begin at 10:00 am (0200 GMT), are part of long-running efforts through the United Nations to secure a post-2012 treaty on tackling global warming.
The talks are the first time China has hosted a major international climate change conference or a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting.
Little progress has been made since world leaders failed to broker a deal in Copenhagen last year and the talks are being seen as crucial in rebuilding trust ahead of another UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico next month."
AFP had the story October 4, 2010.