Stalled UN Climate Talks to Resume in China

Tianjin is hosting a new round of talks aimed at jump-starting the negotiations that stalled after the Copenhagen climate change conference last year. From AFP:

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.

“Tianjin must be the moment when countries begin clearing the fog,” Jennifer Morgan, climate and energy programme director for the World Resources Institute, said in a briefing paper on this week’s conference.