Cancun climate talks

FT Energy Source

- Accord in danger of disintegration

- Financing: High stakes in low-carbon investments

- Energy use: Technology starts to take hold

- Water: World focus ‘needs to fall on agriculture’

- Resources: Alliances that lead to creative industrial symbiosis

- Science: Academics climb back into the ring of debate

- Fresh approaches: People power employed to detect patterns

- Geoengineering: Finding the formula to make world of difference

- Livestock: Meat eaters pose bigger threat than CO2 output

- Recycling: Goes a long way in the UK

- Adaptation: There is profit to be made from solutions

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So what is happening at Cancun?

Environment ministers and government officials from around the world are gathering in Mexico to talk about climate change, and how to tackle the problem of increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Didn’t they do that last year?

Last year’s climate summit in Copenhagen produced a deal by which both developed and developing countries for the first time agreed to curbs on their greenhouse gas emissions, but that was not a full treaty.

Will a treaty be signed this year?

No – the Cancun meeting is a staging post on the way to a bigger meeting in South Africa next year, at which the United Nations is hoping a new pact will be signed.

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