the “words within those brackets range from the mundane (‘such as forests’) to the obscure (‘expressed in W/m²’) to the critically important, with the latter often expressed in a surreal string of brackets within brackets within brackets.” All of these need resolving by the end of the conference.
The French government is worried thesaid. By one negotiator’s estimate, they will have to resolve a bracket every 90 seconds for the rest of the week. Then, negotiators will take the streamlined text to hash out the much bigger disagreements plaguing the talks, like defining how developed nations pay for their part in creating climate change.My message is clear: we must accelerate the process because there is still a lot of work to do,” France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
It doesn’t bode too well for an agreement on December 11 if the talks are already behind schedule, on Day 3 no less. In retrospect, maybe President Barack Obama shouldn’t have gone over his allotted speech time on Monday.