Climate talks gone wild

Annual meeting scheduled for Cancun

The 2010 United Nations climate-change conference kicks off in Cancun, Mexico, on Nov. 29, but government officials are doubtful they will be able to reach a binding international agreement on how to cut carbon emissions, according to The Guardian.

The two-week conference is the major meeting in a series of worldwide UN conferences held this year after environment officials and ministers were unable to reach an agreement at the 2009 UN climate-change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Instead, they were only able to produce a two-page agreement saying that future temperature rises should be limited to two degrees Celsius.

So far, three officials from the UN and European Union have gone on record saying they do not expect to reach a binding agreement at this year’s conference.