The world leaders have gone home and it is time for the hardcore climate negotiators to get to work on the basics of a deal at the global climate summit in Paris.
“We must speed up the process as we have a lot of work to do,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters. “Compromise solutions must be found as fast as possible. On Monday, the heads of state and government gave us an unambiguous mandate and we must do whatever we can to succeed.”
Nigel Purvis from the think-tank Climate Advisers says the negotiations can follow their own plot.
“It always gets worse before it gets better, and so what observers should expect is that there’ll be a crisis sometime over the next ten days. There’ll be a breakdown in the talks and everything will look like it is lost, but that is just typical and what will probably emerge is a strong agreement that contains important provisions that are a genuine step forward.”
Questions are still being asked on the likelihood of ever reaching a deal.
However, a solution is said to be close to one of the sticking points for a breakthrough emissions pact.
Negotiators are said to be nearing agreement on a five-year review period on promised cuts in greenhouse gases.