French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced from the United Nations (UN) climate talks in Paris that a final agreement will not be produced from the conference until today, rather than late yesterday as scheduled.
Fabius made the announcement early yesterday morning after what sources said was a hard night of negotiations among officials from the 195 nations attending.
Despite the reports of difficult negotiations, Fabius said the atmosphere was “good, things are positive, things are going in the right direction,” when he spoke to reporters yesterday.
The biggest disagreements have been over how much financial responsibility poorer nations should take in the cost of emissions-cutting measures, and what the stated long-term goal should be for the agreement.
In another development, Beijing said President Xi Jinping spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss climate change.
The White House has yet to mention to conversation, and Beijing did not comment on what was said during the phone call.