Polluting Nations Downplay Goals for Cancun Climate Conference

April 20, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

By Kim Chipman

April 20 (Bloomberg) — The biggest polluting nations are downplaying goals for climate-change talks in December after failing last year to agree on a global treaty, the top U.S. climate negotiator said.

Representatives from countries emitting the most greenhouse gases agree it’s important not to let “expectations far outstrip what can be done” at UN-led talks in Cancun, Mexico, Todd Stern, President Barack Obama’s climate negotiator, said yesterday.

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