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UN Climate Talks Face Deadlock: US, China Divided Over Vital Issues

Betty Laseter, Maine News Online

The UN climate talks faced a deadlock over who should do what in order to save the planet from rising temperature and global warming. These differences in opinion have even impacted a historic US-China agreement, which aims to reduce global warming.

The US President Barack Obama and China Premier Xi Jinping made joint emissions pledges in the previous month that stimulated hopes for a global climate deal which is to be signed a year later from now in Paris.

But when the UN talks in Lima headed towards its second half, things seemed not going on the smooth track. The US and China split over some vital issues. 

According to the UN, rulebook for the governments must agree on whatever data they had to provide in respect to the greenhouse gas-reduction.

The end of March is a deadline set by the UN for all nations to submit their pledges, though many countries, including China, have said that they need some more time for the same.

On the other hand, the US and some other developed countries want contributions to be focused on curbing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.

In addition, it said they are resisting demand from developing countries, including China and India, the world’s No. 1 and No. 3 greenhouse gas polluters, to add financial commitments in order to help the poor countries to tackle the problem of climate change.

Another issue whether to establish a review process to analyze the emissions targets and compare them before the Paris deal has emerged. It had been reported that the US and the European Union want a review but China on the other hand has straightaway refused the issue.

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