COP talks set to flop

World leaders have all but ruled out a legally binding treaty coming out of the Copenhagen talks next month.

Politicians gathered in Singapore over the weekend for UN Climate Change talks, but have conceded only political agreement is likely to come out of the COP15 meeting.

The 17th meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum has put its backing behind the two-step approach planned by Danish prime minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen.

If they follow his recommendation Copenhagen will only produce a five to eight page political agreement, with further talks perhaps even a COP15.5 meeting in Scandinavia, to try and secure a legally binding agreement in 2010.

The talks, the last major meeting before COP15, finished last night (November 15).

Luke Walsh

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