German academics have used the mathematics behind the strategic behaviour of countries to propose a way though the myriad impasses.

This article titled “Can game theory save the UN climate talks?” was written by John Vidal, for on Tuesday 6th September 2011 12.56 UTC

America will never sign up, but the EU will if China does, which is unlikely if Africa doesn’t. No nation wants to go it alone but Russia doesn’t want to do anything, and the poor want the rich to absorb all the costs but the rich will only agree to sign if the poor do more.

Yes, I’m talking about the great game of the UN global climate talks, which resume in a few weeks’ time in Panama – the last gathering before the big annual meeting, this year in Durban, South Africa, at the end of November.

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