Are UN climate talks taking on too much?

12/12/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

For the 17th straight year, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, where politics are at play on the largest scale, wound up without a treaty that would keep the average global temperature from climbing more than 2 degrees Celsius, or about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels. Could it be that the goal is too great? "There is a fundamental disconnect in having environment ministers negotiating geopolitics and macroeconomics," said Nick Robins, an energy and climate change analyst at HSBC, the London-based global bank.

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