Germany Says U.S., China, India Not Ready for Climate Agreement

Germany said the world’s three biggest polluters remain unready to join an international agreement aimed at limiting global warming, dimming the prospects for United Nations talks on the issue in Durban, South Africa.

“We can only effectively limit climate change if all major emitters take part and commit to meaningful reductions,” Norbert Roettgen, Germany’s environment minister, said in an e- mailed statement today in Berlin. “The U.S., China, India and other emerging countries are unfortunately not, or not yet ready, to do that, for political or economic reasons.”

“The climate protection process is a marathon in which each step is worth the effort,” he said. “Durban will hopefully move us forward another bit.”

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