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Climate summit in Cancun intent on progress

The U.N.-sponsored climate talks entered a new phase on Monday, Dec. 6 ,as delegates and high-ranking ministers from nearly 200 countries settled into vast, sunless meeting rooms, intent on restoring the credibility of a process aimed at slowing global warming.

"In stark contrast to Copenhagen, there's less acrimony, and less ambition and less expectations," said Jennier Haverkamp, managing director for international climate policy at the Environmental Defense Fund. "Ironically, that seems to have opened the door to some modest progress."

One sign of potential movement came Monday when China indicated that it would subject its voluntary carbon cuts to detailed international scrutiny and verification, something the United States has identified as a sticking point. But it remains unclear how this process would be conducted.

Many negotiators and observers credit Mexico, which is chairing the talks, with helping rebuild some of the trust that eroded last year after the world's largest carbon emitters - including the United States, China, India, Brazil and South Africa - struck a deal in a closed-door meeting that formed the basis of the summit's final agreement, the Copenhagen Accord.

Excerpted from The Washington Post



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