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Carbon future: agreement hurdles are global

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Carbon future: agreement hurdles are global


The latest giant United Nations meeting on climate change failed to get closer to a binding international deal to limit carbon pollution, leaving a great many people extremely concerned.

Scientists and society generally have come to see climate change as among the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced. And yet it is extremely complicated to find a responsible balance between economic and environmental policies in any single country. Finding a global balance is even more elusive.

More than 180 governments were represented at a two-week session of UN negotiations in Bonn, Germany, earlier this month.

It was supposed to prepare the way for taking far-reaching decisions in Mexico in December. But the result in Bonn was not very promising.

euronews sought comment from a non-official expert and from Brussels, from the European Union’s Commissioner for climate matters. Connie Hedegaard presided over the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen six months ago.

The transcript of the interview with the Commissioner is available on the euronews website under the heading ‘Hedegaard insists EU still leading climate efforts’ and with the independent expert under the heading ‘Interview with Franny Armstrong’.

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