Another Disappointing Climate Meeting Draws to a Close

Nothing much was expected from Doha, and we got even less.

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The United Nations talks in Doha weren’t expected to produce much progress In addressing climate change. But the negotiations, which concluded Saturday, failed to meet even the low expectations that had been set for the negotiations.

Talks dragged into the evening (Doha time), as parties were still deadlocked on key points like extending the Kyoto Protocol, the emission-cutting treaty adopted 15 years ago that is poised to expire at the end of the 2012, and how to raise the $100 billion in funds to address climate change promised to developing countries. But negotiators ultimately emerged with what they’re calling the “Doha Climate Gateway” (they seem to get more creative with these titles every year).

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