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Optimism fading for Poland climate talks

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Hopes of laying a solid foundation for a post-Kyoto climate pact in 2009 are diminishing, as representatives from 189 nations gathered in Poznań, Poland, squabble over financing methods.

Delegates met for the two-week COP14 talks held in the western Polish industrial city hope to set the stage for a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocols, which expire in 2012. The details of the new climate pact are set to be agreed upon in December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

But the current talks, which close Friday, are proceeding more slowly than expected, casting into doubt hopes of a comprehensive climate treaty next year: "We’re working under a very tight timeline," said UN climate chief Yvo de Boer, according to Bloomberg's Alex Morales. "I don’t think where we are now it is going to be feasible to develop a fully elaborated, long-term response to climate change in Copenhagen."

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