Two weeks of U.N.-led climate talks in Bonn ended on Friday in an atmosphere of frustration, with participants bemoaning insufficient progress on everything from securing financial support for vulnerable poor countries to protecting forests.
The meeting was the last before the year’s major climate negotiations in Warsaw in November. Action there could be held back by the weak outcomes from Bonn, negotiators and observers said – a worry as extreme weather appears to be on the rise, causing widespread flooding in Europe and serious wildfires in the United States in recent days.
Russia, Belarus and Ukraine blocked one strand of the two-week session in Bonn by insisting on clearer rules for decision-making, after they were overruled in a consensus decision at U.N. talks in Qatar late last year.
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