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Mexican standoff: climate talks in Cancun have been undermined by the global recession and a loss of confidence in scientists’ forecasts

Cancun in Mexico is one of the least environmentally friendly places on Earth—built out of sandy nothing to attract tourists. Yet it is here, from 29th November to 10th December, that governments will attempt to repair the damage from last year’s failed climate talks in Copenhagen.

In truth, hopes are not high for reaching agreement on a replacement for the Kyoto protocol. After the scale of Copenhagen, Cancun will be a downbeat affair. Heads of state will be largely…

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