Conference in overtime on future of climate talks

December 10, 2011 - 3:35 AM
South Africa Climate Conference

Protesters hold a night vigil as talks at the climate change summit stall in Durban, South Africa, Friday, Dec 9, 2011. Negotiators from Europe, small islands threatened by rising oceans and the world's poorest countries sought to keep alive the only treaty governing global warming and to move on to the next stage, struggling against an unlikely alliance of the United States, China and India. Poster reads: Africa will burn. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Negotiators from 194 nations have worked straight through a second night to map out the future fight against global warming, but the top European delegate says time is running out before the conference must close.

Working on little sleep, delegates are parsing draft agreements and compromise texts on extending the life of the landmark Kyoto Protocol and setting a course to compel all countries to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the 2020s and thereafter.

European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told the AP Saturday that much work remains to be done, but government ministers may have to leave before crucial decisions can be taken.

The conference, which opened Nov. 28, had been due to end Friday evening.