Negotiators from 200 countries appeared to be closing in on an agreement aimed at setting conditions to prevent dangerous levels of global warming late Saturday, but not without tension over how to pay countries that are least responsible for the problem but suffering irreparable harms. John Kerry, the U.S. climate envoy, said: “If it has been a good negotiation, all the parties are uncomfortable. And this has been, I think, a good negotiation. We are seeking the shared goal of keeping the Earth’s temperature at a level that the worlds’ scientists say we must do.” Representatives spent much of Saturday arguing over language in a revised draft agreement — the third version cobbled together during the summit, known as COP26.
By Somini Sengupta (Lisa Friedman contributed reporting). New York Times. November 12, 2021.
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