Posted: Sep 28, 2009 8:03 AM by Associated Press
Leaders at the U.N. climate talks that are kicking off Monday, in Thailand, warn that failure to act will leave future generations fighting for survival. They called on delegates to break the deadlock over a global warming deal that has been bogged down by a broad unwillingness to commit to firm emissions targets.
Also, developing countries have refused to sign a deal until a reluctant West guarantees tens of billions of dollars in financial assistance.
U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer says negotiations are far behind where they should be, but remains confident a deal can be reached in Copenhagen in December. He says time has almost run out. The chief U.S. negotiator says Congress needs to pass carbon emissions limits. Jonathan Pershing tells The Associated Press the U.S. can't ask much from other countries if it hasn't put enough on the table itself.