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Climate Change Talks in Cancun a `Last Chance' for Gases Deal, Ramesh Says

Global-warming talks later this month are the “last chance” for countries to reach an agreement on cutting emissions of gases blamed for rising temperatures, India’s environment minister said today.

“The credibility of the entire climate change negotiating system is at stake,” Jairam Ramesh told reporters at a meeting in Delhi. “If we do not get a set of operational and meaningful decisions at Cancun everybody will be sick and tired of us.”

Nations will attempt to forge a deal on curbing greenhouse gases at this month’s United Nations-organized summit in Cancun, Mexico, something that eluded last year’s meeting in Copenhagen.

Ramesh was speaking after two days of talks in India’s capital, where 35 nations agreed that giving poorer countries access to technology that can reduce emissions should form part of any “comprehensive and balanced” package finalized in Cancun.

Negotiations aimed at limiting carbon-dioxide emissions have been bogged down by conflicts over providing money for poor countries to adjust to climate change.

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