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Guardian: Cancun climate summit: Let's look beyond carbon

Author: Tim Yeo
November 30, 2010

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The Guardian's Tim Yeo says it's unlikely countries will sign up to binding limits on carbon dioxide unless growth can be decoupled from the use of fossil fuels

A new approach is needed at the climate talks starting today in Cancún. Distrust, ideologyand vested interests block the path to a binding deal to limit emissions after Copenhagen ended in frustration and stalemate.

Europe is willing to act, but nervous of going it alone. President Obama wants to sign up, but is ham-strung by a sceptical public and a Senate which won't ratify a deal that doesn't include developing countries. China is moving rapidly forward on green technology, but refuses to concede any potential limits to its economic expansion. So, how do we proceed

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