Reading comprehension – Hopes for treaty on climate begin to wither

International climate negotiations for a global climate treaty are not producing the required results in the given amount of time left before the Copenhagen conference in December, diminishing the for a resolution at this conference.

Major polluters have already that the only way for a plan of this scale to effect is to have steps towards the of greenhouse gases instead of creating a plan which immediate effect and shuts down production . Countries are likely to steps at the Copenhagen Meeting.

Yvo De Boer, a Dutch Diplomat, has been overseeing the proceedings so far. "There isn't time to get the whole thing done. But I hope it will go well beyond simply a declaration of . The form I would like it to take is the groundwork for a ratifiable next year," commented Boer.

The 192 countries which up the United Nations show the gaps in-between their ideas. Wealthier nations are planning to help poorer countries with climate laws and investing in newer technology. 16 of the largest polluters have already begun planning on poorer countries.

Officials are attempting to down issues which countries agree on, such as certain steps and the common goal to limit . Negotiators plan to discuss how the treaty will be upheld at Copenhagen. Diplomats have raised the question of , since most of the supporting countries have not enforced any climate legislation within their own countries. Until it is shown that all countries will uphold the treaty, nations are to enforce a treaty within their own country.

Although there are hopes of progress in Copenhagen, observers note that radical change is unlikely. "The most form any agreement will take will be a political declaration," said Nigel Purvis, State Department climate negotiator during the Clinton Administration and Bush administration.