A deep divide between developed and developing countries is casting a shadow over prospects for December’s COP24 global climate talks in Katowice, Poland.
The clash stalled negotiations in Bangkok that ended Sunday. The weeklong talks were an addition to the climate negotiating calendar and were supposed to make progress on rules needed to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement — something that has to be finalized in Katowice.
Instead, the Thailand talks soured the mood even further.
“The Paris agreement is on the brink,” said Harjeet Singh of ActionAid, a global NGO. “If [developed countries] remain stuck in their positions and fail to loosen their purses, this treaty may collapse.”