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#UN climate chief quotes Mandela at #COP17 opening: "It always seems impossible until it is done" via @BusinessGreen

The Durban Climate Summit kicked off today with the chair of the conference invoking the leadership skills of Nelson Mandela in a bid to push countries towards an agreement on limiting global greenhouse gas emissions. Delegates from more than 190 countries gathered in the South African city were told by Christiana Figueres, the UN's lead climate official, that a future commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions is "the defining issue of this conference". FURTHER READING UN suspends coal-derived carbon credits Will rich nations 'bully' poorer countries in Durban? Countries are looking to finalise a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires next year, taking with it the binding emissions-reduction targets imposed on developed countries, as well the legal basis for global carbon trading schemes. China and the G77 group of developing nations want Kyoto to be extended so...

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