HITTING THE CLIMATE WALL: Nearly 200 countries haggling over how to stop climate change — and how to pay for it — failed to reach a deal on schedule Friday, setting the stage for the wrangling to continue late into the night.
GOALS: The two-week U.N. conference in Doha was never meant to yield a global climate pact to curb emissions of greenhouse gases — that has been put off until 2015. But negotiators struggled to agree even on more modest issues, including how to scale up money to help poor countries cope with global warming, and finalizing the extension of an existing treaty that only covers about 15 percent of global emissions.
OBJECTIONS: The U.S. and other developed countries rejected the draft agreement. Several developing countries also said they couldn't accept the wording of some paragraphs, highlighting the deep divide that has haunted the talks since they first started two decades ago. One of the key disagreements was over money. Poor countries want firm commitments from rich nations to scale up climate aid for them to $100 billion annually by 2020, a general pledge that was made three years ago.
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