US inaction on climate troubles global talks


Published: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 7:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 7:23 a.m.

AMSTERDAM — The failure of a climate bill in the U.S. Senate is likely to weigh heavily on international negotiations in Europe this week on a new agreement to control global warming.

The decision to strike the bill from the Senate's immediate agenda has deepened the distrust among poor countries about the intentions of United States and other industrial countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions that power their wealthy economies but risk causing the Earth to dangerously overheat.

Delegations from most of the 194 nations involved in the ongoing talks open five days of negotiations in Bonn, Germany, on Monday, one of the last meetings before another decisive conference convenes at the end of the year in Cancun, Mexico.

One more session is scheduled for October in China.

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