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‘Cloud’ over climate negotiations: From Bangkok to Copenhagen and beyond

After months of faltering and incremental progress on negotiating text, two months before the end of the two year process leading to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, 2009, diplomats in Bangkok finally started debating the substantive ideas underlying Parties’ proposals. In the process they unearthed the fault lines of what is already a deeply divisive set of negotiations. The divisions are now focused squarely on the fate of the Kyoto.