Clock is ticking for consensus on climate pact

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Clock is ticking for consensus on climate pact

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Environmentalists kept up their pressure well into the evening in central Copenhagen after a day of protests outside the climate conference hall and deadlock inside.

For many, hopes for the UN’s bid to tackle global warming have taken a blow after long-running rifts between rich and poor countries have become exposed.

With heads of state descending on the Danish capital later today expecting some sort of new climate pact, negotiators resumed their stalled talks late into the night to try to make sure they have something to sign.

Lars Lokke Rassmussen, COP15 President had earlier taken a firm hold and told delegates:

“The world is expecting us to reach some kind of agreement concerning climate change and not just continuing discussions on procedure, procedure, procedure.”

Not all are down hearted, there is a feeling that the leaders may give the talks a last minute boost.

Jose Manuel Barroso told Euronews:

“I think there’s been much tactics, traditional bargaining and we need some kind of political push to the negotiations. I really believe it’s possible. 125 leaders, heads of State, heads of government are coming, I cannot believe they will go back to their capitals empty handed.”

While the overall picture may be bleak there has been some progress. Talks on a UN-backed system to curb deforestation have advanced. The US, Britain, France, Australia, Japan and Norway have pledged 2.4 billion euros towards slowing, halting and reversing deforestation in developing countries.