‘Snail’s pace’ row at climate talks

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While climate negotiators were meeting in Germany, President Obama was highlighting the issue at a glacier in Alaska

UN officials have reacted sharply to criticism from their Secretary General that climate talks are going at a “snail’s pace”.

Ban Ki-moon has been concerned that the negotiations are moving too slowly to deliver a new global deal in December.

His views were echoed by many delegates at this latest meeting in Germany.

But one of the men tasked with drafting a new text said that even going at the pace of a mollusc, a draft agreement would be ready for Paris.

And referring to Mr Ban’s lofty New York office, Ahmed Djoghlaf said that it was difficult for someone living up on the 38th floor to know what was going on in the basement.

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