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Conference in overtime on future of climate talks

Saturday - 12/10/2011, 2:33am  ET

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - Negotiators from 194 nations have worked straight through a second night to map out the future fight against global warming, but the top European delegate says time is running out before the conference must close.

Working on little sleep, delegates are parsing draft agreements and compromise texts on extending the life of the landmark Kyoto Protocol and setting a course to compel all countries to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the 2020s and thereafter.

European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told the AP Saturday that much work remains to be done, but government ministers may have to leave before crucial decisions can be taken.

The conference, which opened Nov. 28, had been due to end Friday evening.


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