ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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'Cloud' over Climate Negotiations: From Bangkok to Copenhagen and Beyond

After months of incremental progress on negotiating text for the United Nations summit on climate change in Copenhagen in December, recent talks in Bangkok unearthed a deal breaker - the fate of the Kyoto Protocol. Most developed countries are advocating a single integrated instrument at Copenhagen to replace the Kyoto Protocol. This article explores the anatomy of the G-77/China's resistance to such a new instrument, and argues that this instrument is likely, given emerging political realities, to take a fundamentally different character, and burdensharing arrangement, from that of the Kyoto Protocol.

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