Global financial meltdown couldn’t do it, and now even the prospect of impending environmental cataclysm cannot quite concentrate the minds of the world’s great and good. In a year of damp squib global get together’s like G7 and G20, December’s Copenhagen Climate Conference looks set to sink like a dead duck. The front page of the Independent reports that with countries like the United States, Canada and Russia reluctant to commit on emissions cuts and finance for developing countries, Britain has decided to roll over with senior officials declaring that “there is no hope of signing a legally binding climate change treaty”. “The positions of major world powers are so far apart that another year or even more may be needed,” the London daily reports, all this after twenty four months during which 10,000 officials from 192 countries have been working to the Copenhagen deadline.
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