Ahead of critical talks and despite pledge for new treaty by 2012, biggest economies privately admit likelihood of long delay.

This article titled “Rich nations ‘give up' on new climate treaty until 2020” was written by Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent, for The Guardian on Sunday 20th November 2011 20.54 UTC

Governments of the world's richest countries have given up on forging a new treaty on climate change to take effect this decade, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment through global warming.

Ahead of critical talks starting next week, most of the world's leading economies now privately admit that no new global climate agreement will be reached before 2016 at the earliest, and that even if it were negotiated by then, they would stipulate it could not come into force until 2020.

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