Thousands of politicians, diplomats and campaigners
are currently in Lima, Peru, for the latest round of international
climate negotiations. News from the conference hall has so far been
been fairly muted as negotiators ease themselves into the talks,
due to conclude next Friday. But there have been some important
Here's what we've learned from the Lima climate conference's
1) The need to get a deal is being talked
World leaders have promised to agree a new global climate deal
by the end of 2015, at a meeting in Paris. As that deadline looms
ever larger, each climate meeting is instilled with an increasing
sense of urgency.
The UK's energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, told the
"These are the last major annual talks
before we hit our deadline in Paris next year. We need a deal in
Paris - there is no alternative that will protect our national
security, our economy and the way of life we take for granted."
Many of the talks' participants are still scarred by what
happened last time countries tried to agree a comprehensive global
climate deal, in Copenhagen in 2009. That conference's failure is
driving a desire to agree as much as possible before negotiators
descend on Paris.
Before the conference, negotiators were quick to state
their optimism that the Lima meeting would prove