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Sep 8, 2009 10:25 AM by Associated Press

UK: Global deal on climate change may not happen

Britain's Foreign Secretary says there is danger a United Nations conference in December won't strike a global deal on climate change.

David Miliband said Tuesday the complexity of negotiations and disputes between industrialized and developing nations leave prospects for a deal "in the balance." He said they threaten to sink a new global pact which would replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the conference in Copenhagen. Miliband will travel to France, the Netherlands, Poland and Denmark this week to discuss how European nations can try to influence reluctant nations.

The U.S. did not sign the Kyoto Protocol, which also did not include India and China. It is hoped all three nations will sign up to a Copenhagen pact.

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